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BIO Magazine - Chile's new Alma telescope 'is a complete game-changer' Δεκέμβριος 2015
Δεκέμβριος 2015 No38

BIO Space Sciences

Chile's new Alma telescope 'is a complete game-changer'
Chile's new Alma telescope 'is a complete game-changer'

Carlos De Breuck, part of the European wing of Alma, says the telescope will be able to see images ten times sharper than the Hubble telescope.

The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Alma telescope , presently made up of over 50 antennae over a 6.2 mile (10km) radius, is due to officially open in Chile's Atacama Desert on Wednesday.

Alma - short for Atacama Large Millimetre Array - will become the world's most powerful lens into space, producing images 10 times sharper than Nasa'sHubble Telescope .

A partnership between states and organisations in Europe, North America and East Asia, the £870m telescope constructs images of space by collecting radiowaves from its various antennae.

Still technically incomplete, the telescope will eventually be made up of 66 antennae and look deeper into space than ever before.

"It's a complete game-changer and we actually don't know what we will be seeing," said Carlos De Breuck, an Alma observer who works at ESO's European regional hub in Germany.

"It's so much more sensitive, so much better resolution that we haven't seen before that we'll make all kinds of new and very unexpected discoveries."

Footage courtesy: ESO

 
 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9927572/Chiles-new-Alma-telescope-is-a-complete-game-changer.html

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