Space is the Place – Photos from the ALMA Telescope

Photos from the ALMA Telescope

Photos from the ALMA Telescope

These photos are currently blowing my mind. The 1.3 billion dollar Atacama Telescope snapped these shots earlier this week. Sitting on an Andean plateau 16,000 feet above sea level, the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA for short) is the most powerful radio telescope in the world. Using several gigantic antennae, it uses radio technology to peer deeper into space. This could never be seen using any technology that involves the naked eye. As they said themselves,

The Antennae Galaxies (also known as NGC 4038 and 4039) are a pair of distorted colliding spiral galaxies about 70 million light-years away, in the constellation of Corvus (The Crow). This view combines ALMA observations, made in two different wavelength ranges during the observatory’s early testing phase, with visible-light observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Our universe really is beautiful – even the things we cannot see.


October 7, 2011 / By