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Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council Speaker Series

Date(s) - Monday, November 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Oregon Ridge Nature Center


Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council Speaker Series

Astronomy at the Top of the World
Jim O’Leary, Senior Scientist, Maryland Science Center
Where on Earth would you go to find the clearest, darkest, driest skies for observing the heavens? There are many locations worldwide, but astronomers agree the South American Andes of Chile offer the best combination of dark skies, high mountains, light pollution controls and a welcoming government.
Jim O’Leary was among nine astronomy educators chosen from across the U.S. to travel to Chile and visit the remote astronomy observatories there, meeting with astronomers and astronomy educators as part of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program.
Jim’s talk will explore the geography of the Chilean Andes which makes them ideal for astronomy and will feature the U.S. supported observatories located there – Cerro Tololo, Subaru, SOAR and ALMA, the latter at a breathtaking (literally) 16,404 feet above sea level. The talk will also include images of the gems of the southern sky – the Southern Cross, the Magellanic Clouds and the center of the Milky Way high overhead.
FREE – Donations appreciated. No registration required.

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