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Big Astronomy is a multifaceted research and outreach project supported by several partners and funded by the National Science Foundation. It includes the award-winning planetarium show Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries which highlights the diverse people who enable discoveries at world-class observatories in Chile. Big Astronomy also hosts live educational events online and offers a variety of hands-on activities now adapted for remote learning.

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REPLAY – Real People, Big Astronomy: Shari Lifson

REPLAY – Real People, Big Astronomy: Shari Lifson

Shari Lifson is the Corporate Communications Coordinator for the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). It is her job to help AURA’s three centers, Space Telescope Science Institute, NSF’s NOIRLab, and the National Solar Observatory, communicate...

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Real People, Big Astronomy: Marco Bonati

Real People, Big Astronomy: Marco Bonati

Real People, Big Astronomy: Marco Bonati April 15 4 PM Chile & EDT / 3 PM CDT / 1 PM PDT Marco Bonati is an Electronics Detector Engineer who works on instrumentation at Cerro Tololo-Interamerican and SOAR Observatories. He is responsible for keeping the detectors...

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ACEAP: Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program with group photo

Interested in Visiting Observatories in Chile?

Are you a planetarian, amateur astronomer, K through college formal or informal educator, or do you work in astronomy communication? If the answer is yes, check out the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP) TODAY!

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