ALMA Milky Way 360 Panoramic

360 degree photo at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) with the Milky Way galaxy high above in the night sky.

Click to go full screen. The photo was captured on the 6th of June 2016.

ALMA Milky Way 360
A UHD fish-eye/fulldome view of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Overhead, the Milky Way shines brightly. Taken during the ESO Ultra HD Expedition.

What is ALMA?

High on the Chajnantor plateau in the Chilean Andes, the European Southern Observatory (ESO), together with its international partners, is operating the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) — a state-of-the-art telescope to study light from some of the coldest objects in the Universe. This light has wavelengths of around a millimetre, between infrared light and radio waves, and is therefore known as millimetre and submillimetre radiation. ALMA comprises 66 high-precision antennas, spread over distances of up to 16 kilometres. This global collaboration is the largest ground-based astronomical project in existence.

Learn more about the ALMA and check out the live 360 degree webcam they have.

Image Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

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