Chilean Telescope

Big News in Chile today: President Bachelet announced that Chile will build its own 6-m diameter aperture astronomical telescope. The investment is estimated in 100 millions of US dollars. This is indeed great news, it will be a opportunity school for the Chilean scientists and engineers to plan, design, build and operate a large astronomical facility including its mains infrastructure and scientific instrumentation.

Grandes noticias en Chile: La Presidente Bachelet ha anunciado que Chile construirá su propio telescopio de 6-m de diametro. La inversión se estima en 100 millones de dólares. Esta es definitivamente una gran noticia, este proyecto será una buena oportunidad para que los científicos e ingenieros Chilenos planifiquen, diseñen, construyan u operen un gran telescopio, incluyendo su infraestructura e instrumentación científica.

Mars: The Planet that Lost an Ocean’s Worth of Water

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published today. An international team of scientists used ESO’s Very Large Telescope, along with instruments at the W. M. Keck Observatory and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, to monitor the atmosphere of the planet and map out the properties of the water in different parts of Mars’s atmosphere over a six-year period. These new maps are the first of their kind. The results appear online in the journal Science today.

Artist’s impression of Mars four billion years ago