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ALMA Opens Its Eyes

The most powerful millimeter/submillimeter-wavelength telescope in the world opens for business and reveals its first image.

Humanity’s most complex ground-based astronomy observatory, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), has officially opened for astronomers. The first released image, from a telescope still under construction, reveals a view of the Universe that cannot be seen at all by visible-light and infrared telescopes. Thousands of scientists from around the world competed to be the first few researchers to explore some of the darkest, coldest, farthest, and most hidden secrets of the Cosmos with this new astronomical tool.

“We are living in a historic moment for science and particularly for astronomy, and perhaps also for the evolution of humanity, because we start to use the greatest observatory under construction at the moment,” said Thijs de Graauw, ALMA Director.

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Rosette Nebula “Narrow Band” (by John Castillo)

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Rosette Nebula “Narrow Band” (by John Castillo)

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MOON / SHOT  A Russian Soyuz TMA-21 space capsule comes back down to Earth outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.  The capsule, carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut, experienced a communications blackout shortly after entering Earth’s atmosphere; it was eventually spotted by controllers as it neared the landing site.  (Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA via the Telegraph)

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MOON / SHOT  A Russian Soyuz TMA-21 space capsule comes back down to Earth outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.  The capsule, carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut, experienced a communications blackout shortly after entering Earth’s atmosphere; it was eventually spotted by controllers as it neared the landing site.  (Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA via the Telegraph)

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New Photos Show Astronauts’ Trek on the Moon

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Radar images of the surface of Venus

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The ISS crew can clearly see the border between India and Pakistan. Special surveillance lightning make the division between both countries look orange from space.
Source: NASA/Reuters

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The ISS crew can clearly see the border between India and Pakistan. Special surveillance lightning make the division between both countries look orange from space.

Source: NASA/Reuters

Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

A shot Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, taken by NASA’s Cassini space probe.

A shot Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, taken by NASA’s Cassini space probe.

Vesta, the brightest asteroid in the solar system.

Vesta, the brightest asteroid in the solar system.

Well… at least its a start.

Well… at least its a start.

The east coast of Spain as seen upside down (facing south)
at night
from space

The east coast of Spain as seen upside down (facing south)

at night

from space

Shot of the Mediterranean at night from the International Space Station.

Shot of the Mediterranean at night from the International Space Station.

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The moon, as seen from low orbit.
In space.

The moon, as seen from low orbit.

In space.

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Egypt at night from the International Space Station. 
I wonder where the Nile is.

Egypt at night from the International Space Station. 

I wonder where the Nile is.

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Europe and aurora borealis at night from the International Space Station. In space.

Europe and aurora borealis at night from the International Space Station. In space.