Dramatic Sunset over the ALMA OSF

In this picture, taken at sunset looking toward the southeast, are four ALMA antennas at the Operations Support Facility (OSF). The OSF is located at 2900 metres altitude on the road to the 5000-metre-high Chajnantor plateau, near San Pedro de Atacama in the II Region of Chile. ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, is the largest astronomical project in existence and is a truly global partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ESO is the European partner in ALMA. The ALMA array will initially be composed of 66 antennas, provided by the different partners. When the antennas are delivered by the partners to ALMA, they are tested and inspected for their final acceptance.

Credit:

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)

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Id:alma-jfs-2010-06
Type:Photographic
Release date:1 February 2011, 10:36
Size:4256 x 2746 px

About the Object

Name:ALMA OSF, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
• X - ALMA

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