Gallery: World's largest telescope opens for business

Credit: Christoph Malin,/ESO/C

We've been following the progress of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescopes for a couple of years, but now the 66-dish array is finally complete and ready to run at full power. Built high in the Atacama desert of northern Chile at 16,000 feet above sea level, the final array has ten times the resolving power of the already amazing Hubble Space Telescope, in the radio spectrum.

The ALMA has already delivered lots of spectacular images, but they were captured using just a dozen of the array's dishes. Now we'll get a chance to see what the the thing can do when it's firing at full strength.

Apparently, it's pretty tough to capture all of the dishes in a single image, but check out the gallery to get a sense of what the completed array looks like. 

Atacama Large Millimeter Array, via Space.com

 

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