From Gemini: “Gemini continues to train local teachers in the use of mobile planetarium”


Gemini Observatory
Gemini Observatory


More than 700 students from the city of Coquimbo were benefited with the functions of the mobile planetarium led by a group of three teachers who participated in the recent training programme of loans from the mobile Planetarium Gemini Observatory.

Training of teachers was carried out between 2 and 12 of May and was in charge of the manager of the planetarium, Dalma Valenzuela, who guided teachers in basic concepts of astronomy, as well as the sequence of stages The Moon and characteristics of the solar system.

During this training teachers learned several stories of stars relating to the history of mankind, South American, Polynesian culture and the classical Greek mythology associated with the names of the constellations.

Quotas to be part of this training during the current year are exhausted. But do not hesitate to contact us to be part of the select group of teachers who will be trained for the 2018.
Dalma Valenzuela
+56 51 2205-792

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Gemini/North telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA
Gemini/North telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA

Gemini South
Gemini South telescope, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) campus near La Serena, Chile


Gemini’s mission is to advance our knowledge of the Universe by providing the international Gemini Community with forefront access to the entire sky.

The Gemini Observatory is an international collaboration with two identical 8-meter telescopes. The Frederick C. Gillett Gemini Telescope is located on Mauna Kea, Hawai’i (Gemini North) and the other telescope on Cerro Pachón in central Chile (Gemini South); together the twin telescopes provide full coverage over both hemispheres of the sky. The telescopes incorporate technologies that allow large, relatively thin mirrors, under active control, to collect and focus both visible and infrared radiation from space.

The Gemini Observatory provides the astronomical communities in six partner countries with state-of-the-art astronomical facilities that allocate observing time in proportion to each country’s contribution. In addition to financial support, each country also contributes significant scientific and technical resources. The national research agencies that form the Gemini partnership include: the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the Canadian National Research Council (NRC), the Chilean Comisión Nacional de Investigación Cientifica y Tecnológica (CONICYT), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Argentinean Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva, and the Brazilian Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação. The observatory is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under a cooperative agreement with the NSF. The NSF also serves as the executive agency for the international partnership.