Crux Watches Over ALMA
This stunning photograph shows some of the antennas comprising the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), all observing a panoramic view of the Milky Way’s centre. There is far more to ALMA than shown here; the array can span distances of up to 16 kilometres and is formed of 66 individual antennas!
Astronomers use ALMA to peer into gigantic star-forming molecular clouds, and to observe galaxies forming at the very edge of the observable Universe. The green lights visible on the telescopes are a normal part of their operation, but in this scene they also cast an ethereal, otherworldly glow over the Chilean site.
About the Image
|17 June 2019, 06:00
|15860 x 7536 px
About the Object
|Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
|Unspecified : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Milky Way
Unspecified : Technology : Observatory