Snow visits the ALMA Site
At 5000 metres above sea level, on the Chajnantor plateau, one of the giant ALMA antenna transporters contemplates an unexpected sight — a delicate dusting of snow. Although snow is a very rare event at this extremely arid site it is occasionally a consequence of the so called “Altiplanic winter”. This image was taken on 30 April 2010. The ALMA transporters are two giant custom-built vehicles, specially designed to move the antennas across the Chajnantor plateau, allowing different configurations of the array. Since late 2009, there have been three antennas at 5000 metres.
About the Image
|Release date:||6 May 2010, 10:27|
|Size:||2592 x 1944 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory|
• X - ALMA