The Millennium Institute of Astrophysics MAS and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Universidad Católica, both based in Santiago, Chile, are organising a new, second edition of their Asteroid Day short stories contest on June 30 after a successful start last year.
A Successful First Year
More than 200 Chilean primary and secondary school students participated in 2016: They all wrote short fiction or non-fiction stories about asteroids. Two students from Santiago and Coronel won the first place in their respective categories and took home a Galileoscope kit to undertake astronomical observations for their first time and experience the universe.
Second Edition of the Contest
In 2017, the short stories contest is back to celebrate Asteroid Day. Once again, the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics MAS and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Universidad Católica IAUC took the lead in organising the contest in partnership with Universidad de Santiago’s Planetarium. Primary school (from 3rd to 8th grade) and secondary school (from 1st to 4th grade) students from all over Chile are invited to send in a short, 109-word story about asteroids, reflecting on how humankind can be saved in case of an asteroid impact. Another topic they can choose from is ...