The ALMA Radio Telescope is On and Listening
The ALMA Telescope is a powerful new radio telescope that some are calling the best ground-based observatory in the world. It will be listening to the stars for faint radio signals from deepest space, affording an unprecedented look at the universe’s oldest galaxies and giving astronomers a powerful new tool for studying the birth and evolution of stars and planets.
We might also finally hear a faint but distinctive signal from outside our solar system. Will we finally know we are not alone?
“ALMA was designed to be an incredibly powerful tool for discovery, not for just the current grand challenges in astronomy and physics, but also for new mysteries we have yet to encounter,”
– Tony Beasley, director of the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
From the huffingtonpost.com:
For all its technological virtuosity, though, the telescope’s greatest promise may lie in the powerful emotions it stirs.
“We used to be able to see only five or 10 feet in front of us, when we discovered fire,” Dr. Paul Ho, director of Taiwan’s Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics and a member of ALMA’s board of directors, said in a press conference after the ceremony. “Then the light bulb was invented, and then a better light bulb. Now we can look all the way to the edge of the universe. That is an exciting thing. This is a very exciting moment.”
ALMA Telescope Array – Revolutionizing Our View of the Cosmos
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