Coquimbo in the sights of the world for the next solar eclipse


cOQUIMBO 2 de Julio de 2019 2The Chilean skies have been recognized for years as natural laboratories for the analysis of the behavior of celestial bodies and this year they will be the scene of a total solar eclipse, a historical astronomical event that puts the country in the eye of the entire world.

Astronomers, specialists, amateurs, tourists have filled the occupation of the Coquimbo Region for the event, since this region represents the Umbra territory, that is to say, the shadow of the moon that will eclipse the sun will be total, during the afternoon of this 2nd of July 2019.

The whole eclipse can only be seen from a thin strip in the Region of Coquimbo and part of the Region of Atacama, however, the partial eclipse will be visible from all the Chilean territory, it will begin at 3:22 pm and the Total production will take place at 4:38 pm, which has generated a lot of expectation. This is because this phenomenon has occurred only on 3 occasions in the last 500 years in Coquimbo.

· The first time was on June 9, 1592, although there are no written records of the observation, it has been known that the shadow totally covered from La Serena, to Pichicuy, with an approximate duration of 1 minute and 40 seconds.

· The next eclipse occurred the morning of March 15th, 1839 crossing the central line between the town of Sotaquí and the current city of Monte Patria and the entire phenomenon lasted 2 minutes and 36 seconds.

· The last eclipse registered in the Coquimbo Region was on April 16th, 1893, in this one was possible to capture photographs and studies that determined certain changes in environmental behavior, for example the temperature dropped two degrees Celsius while the moon eclipsed Sun.

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Delegation from Texas Austin University visited the UCN with the Atacama Immersion Chile Program


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A group of 21 students and a professor from the University of Texas at Austin, United States, visited the Central House of the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN) in Antofagasta, where they carried out many activities.

The delegation attended a lecture and guided visit with the academic of the Department of Geological Sciences and Doctor Honoris Causa of our institution Dr. Guillermo Chong. 

The activity, carried out with the Atacama Immersion Chile Program promoted by the UCN, has the support of the outstanding teacher and researcher, who for two years has been collaborating in the development of this initiative that seeks to project and link the North of Chile to the world in our institution, Dr. Guillermo Chong.

 During his visit to the Antofagasta region, the US delegation toured different parts of the Central House and participated in the lecture "Northern Chile and its Atacama Desert", given by Dr. Chong.

 The program of activities also included a visit to the Geological Museum of the UCN Professor Humberto Fuenzalida Villegas, and the Ruins of Huancahaca Museum, located on the esplanade of that National Monument.

US students know the Second Region through the Atacama Immersion Chile Program


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During a month five American students lived a unique experience through the Atacama Immersion Chile Program (AIChile) of our University, in this opportunity they studied different modules to learn about the Antofagasta region from different areas.

In the first week the students of Mechanical Engineering and one of Civil Engineering of Texas Tech University (TTU) attended mining economy classes. This training module allowed them to generate an idea about the political, economic and social context in the Antofagasta region; know its dynamics and linkage around its main productive activity, such as mining, and thus measure the importance of the red metal industry for the country's economy.

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The weather: Important aspect when packing to live the experience Atacama Immersion Chile



One of the conditions when embarking on a tourist experience is to choose the outfits that allow the enjoyment of the trip, depending on which is comfortable to walk, climb or ride in a vehicle and deal with the weather.

In Antofagasta there is extreme aridity, which is only interrupted by the humidity derived from the action of the sea. From there you can feel a desert climate, that is, low humidity, clear days, absence of rainfall and a high thermal oscillation between day and night. the difference is unimaginable, it can go from 25 ° C in the day and go down to -0.9 ° C at dusk.

Certainly, all year round, a shining sun illuminates the entire region, so you should not leave out the use of sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. There are only about 20 annual days that become cloudy, even there are records of whole years without any rain, characteristic aspect of the desert.

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More foreign students fascinated with Atacama Immersion Chile

pic blog 1  18 students from the United States learned about mining, geology, astronomy and other disciplines present in the Antofagasta Region, thanks to Atacama Immersion Chile, an initiative promoted by the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN).
   The American delegation visited emblematic places in the area, such as the Lascar volcano, San Pedro de Atacama, La Portada and the Cerro Paranal Observatory, among others. The delegation, who is in the last year of undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University (TTU), participated in a program that includes training modules on the political, economic and social context of the region, considering its dynamics and linkage around mining activity and tourist.





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