A Radio Astronomer’s Paradise

by Jason Major on April 1, 2013

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Last month a dozen journalists from around North America were guests of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and got to take a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile to attend the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array observatory — ALMA, for short.

Just a few of ALMA's 66 giant radio telescopes (NRAO)

Just a few of ALMA’s 66 giant radio telescopes (NRAO)

It was, in no uncertain terms, a radio astronomer’s paradise.

Join one radio astronomer, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, on her trip to the 5100-meter-high Chajnantor Plateau to visit the ALMA sites in this video, also featuring NRAO’s Tania Burchell, John Stoke, Charles Blue and the Planetary Society’s Mat Kaplan.

Read about this and more on Nicole’s NoisyAstronomer blog.

ALMA will open a new window on celestial origins, capturing never-before seen details about the very first stars and galaxies in the Universe, probing the heart of our galaxy, and directly imaging the formation of planets. It is the largest leap in telescope technology since Galileo first aimed a lens on the Universe.

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A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

Aqua4U April 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

WAY cool! Does a little data dance as he thinks of the discoveries ahead! Cha-cha-cha!

newSteveZodiac April 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

hmm I want to be a scientist and play with toys like that

Lorin Ionita April 2, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Too bad I’m not smart enough. :D

Me April 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Other than common-sense spending on medical needs. I’d rather have scientific research & development (R&D) than any other way, shape or form of monies being spent in/on our great USA. This is a pure fact: If a company does not have “R&D” their growth is practically impossible, ..period. Take care all.

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