Are We Alone in the Universe? The Giant Magellan Telescope in Las Campanas, Chile


Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

7:00 pm (Local time in Chile)

This event is in English and virtual, to join click here.

Chile was selected as the best site for the Giant Magellan Telescope because of the country’s outstanding astronomical positioning and clear weather throughout most of the year. Thanks to a pre-recorded video, we will hear the voices of faculty protagonists and researchers from the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and from astronomers in Chile explaining why this super-giant earth bases telescope promises to revolutionize our view and understanding of the universe. After the video we will have a vivid conversation from Chile with local astronomers.


  • Dr. Guillermo Blanc, Astronomer, Staff Associate at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science; Professor Universidad de Chile
  • Dr.  Cesar Fuentes, Professor, Astronomy Department, Universidad de Chile, Vice President Harvard Club de Chile
  • Juliana García-Mejía, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, Harvard; Ford Foundation Fellow; NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • Dr. Viviana Guzmán, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Physics, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; Postdoctoral researcher Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA)
  • Dr. Andrés Jordán, Director of the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics MAS; Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
  • Dr. Brian McLeod, Astrophysicist, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA)
  • Teresa Paneque Carreño, PhD student, Astronomer Universidad de Chile
  • Dr. Miguel Roth, Vice -President and Legal Representative Giant Magellan Telescope Corporation-Chile
  • Dr. Surangkhana Rudkee, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA)
  • Dr. Christopher W. Stubbs, Dean of Science, Samuel C. Moncher, Professor of Physics and of Astronomy
  • Dr. Andrew Szentgyorgyi. Associate Director, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA)

Presented as part of  24 Hours of Harvard - Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020