PHOTOS: Getting Ready for the World’s Largest Radio Telescope
In Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers are preparing for a new array that will stretch across 10 miles
- By Leah Binkovitz
- Smithsonian magazine, January 2013
(Babak Tafreshi / Science Source)
Star Power In the Atacama Desert of northern Chile’s Andes, on the 16,500-foot-high Chajnantor Plateau, astronomers are getting ready to peer at the origins of the universe, and investigate phenomena from black holes to the Big Bang with a revolutionary new instrument.