Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Chilean President attend the Signing Ceremony of China-Chile Joint Astronomical Data Center

Prof. Gang Zhao, Deputy Director General of National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), Mr. Hua Qin, General Manager of Huawei Chile, and Dr. Darcy Fuenzalida, President of Technical University of Federico Santa Maria of Chile (UTFSM), jointly signed the agreement on May 25, to create the China-Chile Joint Astronomical Data Center at the witness of Premier Li Keqiang and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

The China-Chile Joint Astronomical Data Center is one of the most important projects of the Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy (CASSACA) since its establishment in October 2013 in Santiago. The Joint Data Center is a joint endeavor the CASSACA, Huawei and UTFSM. CASSACA, supported by NAOC under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has strong S&T resources. Huawei is one of the world leaders in production of hardware, and UTFSM is one of the top universities in computing science in Chile. The establishment of the Joint Data Center is a landmark event of the China-Chile bilateral science and technology cooperation. This Joint Center has the advantages of broadband transmission, mass storage and high performance computing, which will facilitate Chinese and Chile researchers to share and make full use of enormous astronomical data of ALMA, a world-class telescope in the northern Chile, and benefit astronomical research for both Chinese and Chilean communities.

Chile is the most ideal places in the world for the construction of astronomical observation facilities, as a result of its excellent geographical conditions, great support from its government and open policies.

CASSACA to co-sponsor a conference on “The Soul of High-mass star formation”

CASSACA is co-sponsoring a conference on “The Soul of High-mass star formation”, which is to be held on March 15-20, in Puetro Varas, a beautiful port city in South Chile.

During the last decade many large-scale surveys (e.g. GLIMPSE, ATLASGAL) led to the identification of massive star formation regions in their earliest stages in our Galaxy. These have been observed with new instruments, in particular massive Herschel data has been taken to characterize physically and chemically the most embedded sources on moderate to large spatial scales. Today, when ALMA will soon begin full operations opening new windows in frequency, chemistry, spatial resolution, and sensitivity, it is timely to discuss our current understanding and open questions on massive star formation.

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CASSACA to co-sponsor the MODEST15 meeting in Chile

CASSACA is co-sponsoring 15. meeting of the MODEST community (MODEST15) in Departamento de Astronomia at the Universidad de Concepcion, in Concepcion, Chile at the 2nd – 6th of March 2015.

The aim of this meeting is to provide a comprehensive software framework for large-scale simulations of dense stellar systems, within which existing codes for dynamics, stellar evolution, and hydrodynamics can be easily coupled and compared to reality.  For more, please visit