ALMA –Earth’s Largest Space Observatory Begins Probing the Hidden Cosmos
„What is so very special about this place is that, right here above our heads, there is virtually no water vapor. There is just so little that whatever light is emitted from a heavenly body, galaxy or star, it gets here with no interference“ explained Gianni Marconi, an astronomer with the Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array, better known as ALMA (Spanish for „soul“) Gianni Marconi, an astronomer with the Array,“And this is the largest observatory that has ever been built.“
„We are living in a historic moment for science and particularly for astronomy, and perhaps also for the evolution of humanity, as we start to use the Earth’s greatest observatory,“ says Thijs de Graauw, Director of ALMA, The human species most complex ground-based astronomy observatory –on Chile’s Chajnantor plateau, Atacama desert, some 1500 kilometers north of Santiago–opens for business today.
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