• The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile
    Pictured: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile
    Credit: Christoph Malin, ESO Photo Ambassador
  • Volcan Ojos del Salado, a stratovolcano in the Andes
    Volcan Ojos del Salado, a stratovolcano in the Andes
  • Atacama Desert Trek, Chile
    Atacama Desert Trek, Chile
  • Kingston Family Vineyards
    Kingston Family Vineyards
  • Santiago skyline
    Santiago skyline

Total Solar Eclipse 2019: Chile and the Skies of the Southern Hemisphere

President's Circle Travel Program with Anneila Sargent, Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus

Witness the next total solar eclipse at a unique location in the north of Chile and explore world-class astronomical observatories with Anneila Sargent, Caltech's Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus

June 28–July 9, 2019

Join the Caltech Associates and faculty trip leader, Anneila Sargent (PhD '77), Caltech's Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, on an exclusive President's Circle journey to the Chilean highlands to witness a spectacular total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019, at a unique location in the north of Chile, home to world-class astronomical observatories.

Go behind the scenes to enjoy special access to state-of-the-art observatories including the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the largest astronomical project in existence; Paranal, home to the Very Large Telescope; the Gemini South Telescope, an 8.1-meter Telescope; and Las Campanas, two 6.5-meter telescopes and the future site of the Giant Magellan Telescope.

This unique journey also highlights the region's natural beauty beginning with a tour of Santiago and a day in the lovely Casablanca Valley, where we will savor wines from some of Chile's renowned coastal wineries. Explore La Serena with a visit to the Elqui Valley, a pisco distillery, and stargazing with local astronomers at a public observatory. We will conclude the adventure in the Atacama Desert and discover some of the most extraordinary landscapes of our planet—volcanoes, evaporated salt lakes, lagoons, hot springs, and a host of animal life.

Please view the trip brochure for the itinerary, reservation guidelines, and detailed pricing.
Download the reservation form.

This trip is open to President's Circle members of the Caltech Associates. We hope you can join us for this very special opportunity. Please contact Nicola Wilkins-Miller at caltechassociates@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6045 with any questions. For more information on how to join the Associates, please visit our membership page.

Faculty Leader

Anneila SargentAnneila Sargent is a Professor of Astronomy at Caltech. A native of Scotland, she earned her BSc in Physics at the University of Edinburgh and her PhD from Caltech in 1977. Between 2007 and 2015, she served as Caltech's Vice President for Student Affairs. Her research has largely concentrated on understanding how stars and other planetary systems form and evolve. To this end, she has been deeply involved in a number of millimeter-wave telescope construction projects. Between 1996 and 2007 she was Director of Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory and then founding Director of the Combined Array for Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA), the U.S. precursor to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Dr. Sargent has been President of the American Astronomical Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In addition to service on numerous national and international advisory boards, she has chaired the international board of ALMA twice. She was named Jan H. Oort Professor at the University of Leiden for 2005, awarded an Honorary DSc degree by the University of Edinburgh in 2008, and since 2010 has been a member of the U.S. National Science Board, a presidential appointment.