ALMA's World at Night (full panorama)
This panoramic view of the Chajnantor plateau shows the antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) ranged across the unearthly landscape. Some familiar celestial objects can be seen in the night sky behind them. These crystal-clear night skies explain why Chile is the home of not only ALMA, but also several other astronomical observatories.
In the foreground, the 12-metre diameter ALMA antennas are in action, working as one giant telescope, during the observatory’s first phase of scientific observations. On the far left, a cluster of smaller 7-metre antennas for ALMA’s compact array can be seen illuminated. The Moon casts stark shadows over all the antennas.
ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)
About the Image
|Release date:||12 December 2011, 10:00|
|Size:||18507 x 3836 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, Panorama|
|Type:||• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope|
• X - ALMA