The stunning landscape of Chile’s Atacama desert in the Norte Grande is now home to one of the best views in, well, the Universe.
The world’s biggest astronomy project – the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) – has set up a powerful new telescope which can see millions of light years into the coldest, darkest recesses of space.
The Atacama is well known as the driest desert in the world; not great for picnics, but perfect for astronomical observation thanks to its high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover, dry air, and lack of light pollution and radio interference.
The first images captured by the new telescope – of the Antennae Galaxies, a pair of colliding galaxies with dramatically distorted shapes some 70 million light-years away in the constellation Corvus – are available on the ALMA website.
Good write up on the telescope.
That would be a great place to visit if one ever gets to Chili.
John D. Wilson