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Las Campanas Observatory

Coordinates: 29°00′54″S 70°41′32″W / 29.01500°S 70.69222°W / -29.01500; -70.69222
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Las Campanas Observatory
Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory
Alternative namesLCO Edit this at Wikidata
OrganizationCarnegie Institution for Science Edit this on Wikidata
Observatory code 304, I05 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationAtacama Region, Chile Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates29°00′57″S 70°41′31″W / 29.01597°S 70.69208°W / -29.01597; -70.69208
Altitude2,380 m (7,810 ft) Edit this at Wikidata
Established1969 Edit this on Wikidata
Websitewww.lco.cl Edit this at Wikidata
TelescopesDu Pont Telescope
Swope Telescope
Warsaw Telescope
Giant Magellan Telescope
Magellan Telescopes Edit this on Wikidata
Las Campanas Observatory is located in Chile
Las Campanas Observatory
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Las Campanas Observatory is an astronomical observatory in the southern Atacama desert in Chile. It is owned and operated by the Carnegie Institution for Science. It was built in 1969 as the main observing site for the Carnegie Institution for Science. The headquarters are located in La Serena, Chile and the observatory is about 100 km (62 mi) northeast of the city. The observatory is at 2,400 m (7,874 ft) above sea level.

On February 24, 1987, Ian Shelton and Oscar Duhalde first saw the Supernova 1987A (SN 1987A).


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There are also the small "Pi of the sky" wide-angle cameras that filmed the gamma ray burst GRB 080319B in 2008. This was the largest explosion ever seen in the Universe, and could have been seen without a telescope.[2]

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  1. "The Carnegie Observatories - du Pont Telescope". Archived from the original on 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  2. Schilling, Govert (21 March 2008). "Universe's most powerful blast visible to the naked eye - space - 21 March 2008 - New Scientist". newscientist.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011.

29°00′54″S 70°41′32″W / 29.01500°S 70.69222°W / -29.01500; -70.69222