Southwards Again!

A trip to Chile to see the southern stars again. We hope to have the opportunity of viewing the brightest part of the milky way in Sagittarius as it passes almost overhead in the early spring evenings of the Atacama Desert.

We will also visit Santiago and Valparaiso as well as the wine producing valleys inland from La Serena. It goes without saying that we will take full advantage of the locations to see as much of the South American culture and landscape as we can. Alison will be practicing her Spanish with the local accent.

The banner at the top has two images of the constellation Sagittarius in front of the map of Chile. On the left is Johannes Hevelius’ Sagittarius figure from his Uranographia of 1690.

On the right is an image made with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) 8.2 metre Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal in northern Chile. It has been tracking stars which are almost certainly orbiting a massive black hole at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy in Sagittarius. This is also the powerful radio source, Sagittarius A.