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20181001 - Jerry Dunifer - Touring Chile with Sky and Telescope Magazine

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Main Talk: "A Tour of Chile with Sky & Telescope Magazine" by Jerry Dunifer Jerry will talk about his experiences on a tour of Chile in March 2017 to visit several major astronomical observatories. The tour was arranged by Sky & Telescope magazine, and the group leader was Kelly Beatty, one of the Senior Editors of the publication. Sites visited included Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, La Silla Observatory, Gemini South Observatory, and the ALMA Observatory. ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is a linked array of dozens of individual telescopes which constitutes the largest, the most-expensive, and the most-sensitive radio telescope in the World. The talk will also describe some side trips to visit some unique sites of interest in Chile including the highest and largest geyser field in the Southern Hemisphere and an extensive stone and sand formation known as the Valley of the Moon. Jerry Dunifer is a Professor Emeritus at Wayne State University. He was a member of the faculty in the Department of Physics & Astronomy for 35 years before retirement. While active in the Department he served as a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department for several years. His research program there involved the study of the electrical and magnetic properties of high-purity metals at a temperature of 1 Kelvin. He also played an active role in the astronomy programs of the Department, including the WSU Planetarium and telescopic observing facilities. Since retirement, one of Jerry’s hobbies has been visiting a number of the major and historic astronomy observatories around the World. He has visited dozens of different sites and has traveled as far as the geographic South Pole and the geographic North Pole. And many places in-between. ________________________________ The views expressed in presentations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Warren Astronomical Society.
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