install theme

World’s Largest Ground-Based Telescope Array Opens in Chile Soon.

A vast telescope touted as the largest ground-based astronomy project in the world, an array of 66 radio dishes in Chile’s high desert, will be officially opened for business next week with a cosmic inauguration ceremony on Wednesday (March 13). The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array(ALMA) is a $1.3 billion collaboration between North America, Europe and Asia, built high on a mountain in Chile’s Atacama desert. 

To celebrate the transition between ALMA’s construction phase and its status as a functional observatory, hundreds of scientists, government officials and journalists will gather for a ceremony that will be webcast around the world. Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, will also speak at the event.

The observatory will provide unprecedented views of faraway galaxies that formed shortly after the Big Bang, and will peer at the clouds of gas and dust where new planets are being formed around alien stars.

ALMA will observe in the millimeter and submillimeter range of radio wavelengths to catch sight of extremely distant objects that are speeding so quickly away from us that their light has been stretched into this range of the electromagnetic spectrum. To get the crispest pictures possible, the observatory has been built high on a mountain more than 16,500 feet (5,000 meters) in elevation, putting it above much of Earth’s atmosphere, which blurs images.”

Read more here & view more photos of ALMA here.

144 notes
comments powered by Disqus

144 notes

, #science #ALMA #telescope #observatory #humanactions #astronomy
  1. elainenasa reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  2. obrt reblogged this from highlandvalley
  3. moonage reblogged this from highlandvalley
  4. mw1200 reblogged this from highlandvalley
  5. dance-till-day-break reblogged this from highlandvalley
  6. highlandvalley reblogged this from fattyfalldown
  7. januszlikesthings reblogged this from howstuffworks
  8. mtryels reblogged this from futurist-foresight
  9. selimrefitrom reblogged this from howstuffworks
  10. expresarteee reblogged this from fuckyeaaahjoy
  11. fuckyeaaahjoy reblogged this from adistinguishedvillain
  12. accumulus reblogged this from adistinguishedvillain
  13. njeihanatyrkysovyzerua reblogged this from howstuffworks
  14. kammartinez reblogged this from howstuffworks
  15. intellectualacclimation reblogged this from howstuffworks
  16. icescreamsomuch reblogged this from acidburn42
  17. gliese667c reblogged this from howstuffworks
  18. adistinguishedvillain reblogged this from acidburn42
  19. diabolicalillumination reblogged this from howstuffworks
  20. sherricruz reblogged this from howstuffworks
  21. mynameisnotmorgan reblogged this from acidburn42
  22. kiltedken reblogged this from howstuffworks
  23. acidburn42 reblogged this from howstuffworks
  24. howstuffworks reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  25. edwardiansnow reblogged this from futurist-foresight and added:
  26. flowisaconstruct reblogged this from swagician