Cerro La Silla Astronomical ObservatoryRegión de Coquimbo
Located 156 km north of La Serena and 96 km from La Higuera, you can get there by going north on the Carretera Panamericana to km 598, turning east and going for another 34 km.
It is a modern astronomical observation and research center that is equipped with advanced technology, located under the clearest skies in the world. It is located 2,440 meters above sea level.
The La Silla observatory has thirteen high magnification telescopes. The main telescope is a type of reflector measuring 3.6 m in diameter, which belongs to the Agrupación Europea para la Observación Astronómica en el Hemisferio Sur (European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere). Its importance lies in the possibility of carrying out studies in the clearest skies in the world.
The building is 18 m in height and 30 m in diameter. The cupola weighs 400 tons and the main telescope weighs 250 tons.
Visits, which are only permitted on Saturdays, are restricted, and it is essential to book a place in advance by phoning (56) (2) 2285-006 in Santiago. The visitor must have their own transport.