Princeton researchers have long been in the forefront of theoretical space exploration and Princeton Journeys is excited to announce an exclusive opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse in the north of Chile, home to world-class astronomical observatories. Join your fellow Princetonians on a special-access journey to the Chilean highlands, June 25 to July 6, 2019, where the air is clear and the skies are wide.
While our visit to Chile will be rich in culture and landscape, the highlight of our journey is to be in the path of totality for the on July 2, solar eclipse. Before and after this unique event, enjoy special access to state-of the art observatories in the desert including: the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) a six-meter radio telescope and the pride of Princeton researchers and colleagues at numerous institutions.
The vast Atacama desert is extraordinary in its beauty, lying at the base of the Andes. Included in our exploration of the landscape are visits to the great Salar de Atacama, with its various species of flamingos; Moon Valley with its fantastic landscape caused by the erosion of salt mountain; and the Termas de Puritana hot springs for a chance to bathe in warm mineral waters. Following the desert excursion, visit the Elqui Valley and tour a Pisco factory to learn about this Chilean liquor. Conclude your adventure with lunch and a tasting of select vintages at the Kingston Family Vineyards founded and run by a beloved Princeton family.
Note: Since ACT is at an elevation of over 16,000 feet, the traveler should be prepared for faster pace, long walks of approx. one to three miles over uneven terrain, some stair climbing, and altitudes of 7,500 to 8,645 feet. The ACT visit at 16,000 feet will be optional. Santiago is at 1,706 feet and La Serena is at sea level.
James Stone is the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics and Chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, with a joint appointment in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM). He received a PhD in astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990, and held the Professorship of Mathematical Physics (1978) at Cambridge University before moving to Princeton in 2003. Stone's research interests are in the use of numerical methods to study the fluid dynamics of astrophysical systems, such as accretion flows onto black holes, star formation from turbulent interstellar gas, and planet formation in gas disks around new born stars. Stone is a member of the APS, AAS and IAU, and in 2011 was awarded the Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics by the American Physical Society.