Five top observatories to try astronomy tourism in Chile

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The clear skies in the desert regions of Chile’s north offer some of the best viewing conditions on earth for astronomers. The country’s many scientific observatories are at the forefront of astronomical research and some, such as the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the worldclass Paranal Observatory, have been involved in many important discoveries about our solar system and beyond.

But for normal folk, there are also a number of tourism-oriented observatories that give everybody the chance to gaze into the night sky using telescopes beyond the reach of most amateur astronomers. Here, This is Chile shares five of the best locations in Chile for staring into space.

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