Status of astronomy outreach in Chile

Farid Char

Abstract


Currently, astronomy outreach in Chile is in good health. There is at least a dozen research groups belonging to universities, and most of them also include a specific area for Education and Public Outreach (EPO), using resources to communicate astronomy to the public. Amateur astronomy, astrotourism and astronomy clubs at schools are also important actors in astronomy outreach, as well as recent initiatives from the government, recognizing the dark skies as our natural heritage, and promoting science as a useful tool for knowledge and development. This presentation summarizes some of these initiatives, focusing on creating new educative materials establishing alliances, and finally discussing how these efforts could consolidate the leadership of Chile in astronomy education, and how we could create new opportunities in South America on this topic. 


References


Char, F., Unda-Sanzana, E., Colque, J., Fossey, S., Rocchetto, M. Ckoirama, the first Chilean-state owned observatory under desert skies, 58th Boletín de la Asociación Argentina de Astronomía (in preparation, 2015).

Verde Consulting Group, Levantamiento de información sobre aficionados a la astronomía. Informe Final (2013).

Borne, K. The Revolution in Astronomy Education: Data Science for the Masses. Astro2010 Decadal Survey (2009).

International Astronomical Union. Astronomy for Development Strategic Plan 2010-2010.

1. Web references:

- http://www.astroeducacion.cl. Website of the First Chile-U.S. Astronomy Education Outreach Summit in Chile (September 2015).

- http://www.gemini.edu/node/12129. Article about AstroDay Chile 2014 (September 2015).

- http://www.oan.cl. Official website of the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (September 2015).

- http://www.primeraluz.cl. Official website of the Ckoirama Observatory (September 2015).

- http://astroturismochile.cl. Official website of the Project “Astroturismo Chile” (September 2015).

- http://astroturismochile.cl/productos/#tab-1428587314062-3-3. Map on observatories in Chile for touristic purposes (September 2015)

- http://www.iau.org/static/education/strategicplan_2010-2020.pdf. Strategic Plan of the OAD/IAU (September 2015).

- http://andean-road.uniandes.edu.co. Official website of the Andean ROAD (September 2015).

- http://sochias.cl/actividades/nodo. Official section of the National Coordination Office of the Andean ROAD within the SOCHIAS website (September 2015).


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