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.

Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

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Id:alma-pan1-btafreshi
Type:Photographic
Release date:12 December 2011, 10:00
Size:18507 x 3836 px

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

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