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
(ALMA (ESO / NAOJ / NRAO))
ALMA will yield clues to the darkest, coldest, most distant corners of the universe, invisible until now. Already, in 2011, researchers using the partially completed telescope got a stunning look at a system of new planets orbiting the star Formalhaut, 25 light-years away.