A journalist takes pictures of the parabolic antennas at an astronomical observatory in the Atacama desert, north of Santiago, Chile. Click through for a look at more of the week's most remarkable images from around the globe. More
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The world’s largest telescope array officially opened Wednesday in Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) consists of 66 huge antennas directed towards the night sky to gather data and images of neighboring stars and some of the most distant, ancient galaxies. Its telescopes will have better resolution than the famous [...]
ALMA has arrived, and she is enormous. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, was officially opened today in the high desert of the Chilean Andes. Guests including the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, gathered to celebrate the the largest ground-based astronomical project in the world. More »
Today is inauguration day for ALMA, the massive telescopic array that’s still under construction in Chile’s Atacama Desert. But just because it’s not finished doesn’t mean astronomers haven’t been using it. The $1.5 billion telescope...Show More Summary
The world's most powerful telescope which can produce images ten times sharper than Nasa's Hubble is to become operational in Chile's Atacama desert.The Alma telescope, which promises to probe deeper into space than ever before, comprises...Show More Summary
The second in a series of audio blogs chronicling my trip to the driest spot on Earth, Chile's Atacama desert, to see the inauguration of the ALMA Observatory. Al Wooten and Alison Peck tell the story of ALMA.
The first in a series of audio blogs chronicling my trip to the driest spot on Earth, Chile's Atacama desert, to see the inauguration of the ALMA Observatory.
Each one of these buildings houses a 1.8-meter telescope at the Paranal Observatory, located deep in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Together, along with several others, they produce very high resolution images of the night sky in a part of the world where distracting light pollution isn't an issue. Show More Summary
There?s something magical about a star-filled night sky. You don?t have to be an astronomer, or know the names of the constellations to appreciate it, but one look at the sky over Chile?s Atacama Desert and you?ll want to know more. Some of the world?s best astronomical science is conducted here, thanks to the dry [...]Show More Summary
One sleepless night a few weeks ago, I saw about 20 minutes of a beautiful documentary on the Atacama Desert of Chile called Nostalgia for the Light: and I couldn't rest until I got a copy of it.... Read Full Post
Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) is located 8 miles west of the beautiful town of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, in the Atacama desert, considered one of the driest places on earth as some areas have not received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years. The Valle de la Luna [...]Show More Summary
Chilean team "Atenea II " competes with a solar car during the first stage of the Atacama Solar Challenge -- a solar car race in Atacama Desert, northern Chile -- in Calama on Nov. 15, 2012. Fifteen teams from four countries are participating in the three-day 1300 km race. Fol …
[Image credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky] Another stunning time-lapse video of the wondrous night sky above the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope [VLT] array on top of Cerro Paranal in Chile’s Atacama Desert. This time presented as ESO Cast 50: Chile Chill 1. [Marvel at the solar system in motion... - Ed] Or, indeed, the galaxy. Stay with it past [...]
An international team of astronomers used the VLT as a time machine, to look back into the early Universe and observe several of the most distant galaxies ever detected. They have been able to measure their distances accurately and find...
When massive, open-pit mines like the Minera Escondida—in Spain's Atacama Desert—need to pull millions of tons of minerals out of the ground each year, they rely on fleets of huge, "Ultra-Class" haul trucks. The ETF Haul Train, however, pulls four times the minerals of these stone-toting behemoths with just one driver. More »
The Atacama is one of several gorgeous, seemingly lifeless deserts that make Chile look like another world. And that's why it's been popular with artists since before the days of the Inca. There's nothing like a blank landscape if you want to create a massive, haunting sculpture. And that's just what Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal has done here. More »
Hand of the Desert Sculpture of a giant hand in the middle of Atacama desert The scorched moonscape of Atacama stretches for hundreds of miles on both sides of the Pan-American highway, undisturbed by any sign of human activity. About...Show More Summary
By Benjamin Shepherd: Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE: SQM) operates in the Atacama Salt Desert in northern Chile, a region with some of richest reserves of lithium, potassium, iodine and nitrate in the world, residing in caliche ore deposits and salar brines. Show More Summary
Fascinating press release today, this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has a paper describing two new species of fossil penguins, found in the Atacama Desert (Peru). One species (Icadyptes salasi) dates from 36 mya, and stood 4.5 feet tall. Show More Summary