ALMA: The World’s Biggest Radio Telescope On Earth Ever Built

One of the important instruments that helps astronomers to discover the space more accurately from Earth is telescope. Although there are many powerful telescopes on Earth that help astronomers to look into the space more deeply, but Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA), the world’s biggest radio telescope located in Chile allows astronomers to peer into some of the darkest and furthest parts of the universe.


The ALMA observatory is a partnership of European, North American, and East Asian countries. It took almost 10 years to build ALMA, the world’s largest and most advanced millimeter and sub-millimeter radio observatory in the remote Atacama desert in Chile. It was officially inaugurated in March 2013.

However, ALMA has 66 huge antennae which can observe a wide range of objects in the sky. It produces high-quality interferometer images at wavelengths in the range between infrared light and radio waves. In fact, ALMA can produce images 10 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope does.

In July, the radio telescope gave astronomers the best view of how vigorous star formation can blast gas out of a galaxy and starve future generations of stars of the fuel they need to grow. So now, scientists are expecting that ALMA will provide new information as well as more exciting and unprecedented discoveries about our universe. For more information, visit ALMA.

Source: PopSci

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