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Southern Milky Way above ALMA

Image credit & copyright: European Southern Observatory (ESO)/Babak Tafreshi.

Located 5,058 meters (16,597 ft.) high on the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile’s Atacama Desert (The driest desert in the world) sits the most powerful radio telescope as well as the most expensive ground based telescope ever created; the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub-millimeter Array or “ALMA.” In short, this is an interferometer of 66 massive radio telescopes that work at millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths (0.32 to 3.6 mm). 384 more words


Astronomers Observe Strange Quantum Distortion in Empty Space for the First Time Ever

In Brief
  • Vacuum birefringence has been observed by a team of scientists for the first time ever using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT).
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K2-18b: 'Super Earth' That Could Host Alien Life Is Discovered |RN

Dave Maclean

A little-known planet 111 light years away could be a ‘scaled-up version of Earth’ which is able to host alien life, according to new research. 365 more words


European Southern Observatory Set To Announce Groundbreaking Astronomical Discovery

The European Southern Observatory have announced that researchers and astronomers have witnessed something in space that has never been seen before.

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Visions from the Atacama

The driest non-polar region in the world is Chile’s Atacama Desert. Some areas have gone 173 months without rain. At about a latitude of 20 degrees south of the equator, prevailing southeast trade winds carry moisture into the the eastern slopes of the Andes. 858 more words