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REUNA is Chile's national research and education network

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Chile and CERN communicating closely

Today cutting-edge research is only possible through collaboration by sharing human and material resources to generate new knowledge. Many of the major international scientific projects generate such massive amounts of data that it would be impossible for a single institution to process them within a reasonable time. Facing this scenario, the logical solution has been the integration several smaller institutions into a network where they share their resources through a mutual collaboration.

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Chilean scientists watch explosion of 61 supernovas in real-time

Studies by scientists in Chile shed light on phenomenon related to the creation of the Universe, the formation of celestial bodies and the characterization of different kinds of stars. “Our goal is to understand the parent stars of supernovas. I mean, what kind of star produced the explosion”, says researcher Francisco Förster.

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The first Chilean virtual observatory fires up

ChiVO, the first Chilean Virtual Observatory, and one of many virtual observatory projects underway around the world, was launched in April 2015. ChiVO is an astro-informatic platform for the administration and analysis of massive amounts of data coming from the observatories built across the country. The ALMA telescope, for example, located in the Andean highlands, is expected to generate around over one Terabyte of data per day. CHiVO will provide advanced computing tools, storage and fast data transfer rates using research network infrastructure so that the Chilean astronomical community can optimize observation time. But it’s not only astronomers who will benefit from CHiVO, students at schools across the country will also be able to access the data to learn about the universe.