Yale Summer Session in Santiago

ASTR 205: Introduction to Observational Astrophysics

1 Credit (Sc)


Program Dates: Sunday, June 1 - Saturday, July 12, 2014

Who should take this course: Undergrads who would like to take an immersive introductory astronomy course. This program offers the added bonus of a rich cultural experience in Chile and tours of some of the most majestic observatories in the world.  The program is designed for both science and non-science majors. Students considering an astronomy major are especially encouraged to take this course - this is a rare opportunity. Professor Jose Maza is a great professor and Chile is a very important place for astronomy.

Do you need to speak Spanish? Spanish is not required - it is possible to navigate Santiago and the country without a working knowledge of the language. Of course, traveling to Chile will be a great way to improve your Spanish language skills and you’ll have a better time if you know even a few words!


Instructor: José Maza (University of Chile) is a professor in the Yale-Chile collaboration.

Course Description:  This six-week course will be held at the University of Chile as part of the Yale-University of Chile collaboration in astronomy and astrophysics education and research. The course is an introduction to astrophysics and to ground-based observing techniques. Extensive observing using research facilities at the Cerro Calan and Cerro Tololo Observatories. Field trips will be selected from world-famous sites, such as Paranal (the Very Large Telescope), the Atacama (the Atacama Large Millimeter Array), Cerro Pachon (Gemini South Telecope), La Silla and Las Campanas observatories. Students will be able to view the sky through premier telescopes at the clearest observational site in the Southern Hemisphere.

Prerequisites: A solid background in high school physics and mathematics is strongly recommended.

Housing: Students will live in a residence at the University of Chile in the Las Condes neighborhood. Las Condes is one of the most modern and stylish of all Santiago's neighborhoods. Our local coordinator in Santiago will orient students to the local area. Students must leave housing on the last day of the program. Many students travel around Chile or Peru after the program.

For more information, see the YSS website.