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This profile was last updated on 1/26/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Consultant
    International Astronomical Union
  • Space
  • French Astronomer

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    International Astronomical Union
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biography, 26 Jan 2006 [cached]
Biography of Alain Maury :Alain Maury is an engineer with a formation in photography.He started working at the observatoire de la Côte d'Azur Schmidt telescope in his native France, where he discovered his first Near Earth Object in 1983 (1983TF2, later identified with a previously discovered object, and later named Ptah).From 1984-1988 he worked as a photographic scientist at Palomar Observatory in California (second Palomar Sky Survey).With a growing interest in the discovery of asteroids and comets, he went back to France at the OCA Schmidt telescope from 1989 to 1999.He was a member of NASA 1992 Spaceguard committee.He was one of the persons at the origin of the OCA DLR Asteroid Survey program which from 1997 to 1999 discovered several hundred asteroids.He is the discoverer of 3 comets.Asteroid 3780 bears his name.He is a member of the International Astronomical Union, and is a consultant to the IAU working group on Near Earth Objects.No funding being available for asteroid searches in France, he took a position in Chile in 2000, at the European Southern Observatory in La Silla as a survey engineer for the DeNIS infrared sky survey, then the EROS2 microgravitational lens search program.In 2003, Alain Maury left his job at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in order to found SPACE with his spouse in San Pedro de Atacama.SPACE is a mean to show the sky to the numerous tourists which visit the Atacama desert, and also a manner to be independant and self financed to search asteroids and comets from the clear southern skies.Always interested in astronomy popularisation, Mr Maury has given many conferences and written many articles in astronomy magazines.He has also been active in the amateur astronomy field in France, being among other the creator and moderator of the AUDE internet astronomy list.He has built several telescopes, has organized several public observations, and has participated to several television programs.He is the recipient of the Société Astronomique de France "Prix du centenaire" and of the 1997 Prix Julien Saget.
Forgot password, 14 April 2011 [cached]
Alain Maury
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Glorious Southern Hemisphere Skies: The Quest Continues - Article, 25 April 2014 [cached]
A few days later we then discovered SPACE (short for "San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations"), a hotel and telescope-farm operation founded by Alain Maury, a French professional astronomer and his Chilean wife. (Their website is
One of the more unique offerings ..., 15 Aug 2010 [cached]
One of the more unique offerings is a night time tour of the skies, led by french astronomer Alain Maury and his wife Alejandra. Their home and laboratory in the desert is surrounded by telescopes through which visitors can take a close up look at the moon, planets, and instellar phenomena. Northern Chile is the site of numerous observatories, including the world's largest, because of the clear sky, minimal interference and high altitude.
I took this photo through one of Alain's telescopes, which has been fitted with a camera mount. Note that the orientation of the half moon is horizontal rather than vertical. Those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, Alain explained in a thick french accent, are all walking sidways.
Tours (US$23pp) by French astronomer ..., 13 Sept 2007 [cached]
Tours (US$23pp) by French astronomer Alain Maury of Space entertain and enlighten lay-observers and amateur enthusiasts alike; view and photograph stars, planets and nebulae through a handful of large telescopes.
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