Mounted image 096: Snow at the ALMA site

High in the Chilean Andes, at 5000 metres above sea level, one of ALMA’s giant antenna transporters contemplates an unexpected sight — a delicate dusting of snow whitens the breathtaking landscape of the Chajnantor plateau, home of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project. Snow is a very rare event here — this is one of the driest places in the world, making it ideal for ALMA’s astronomical observations.

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ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

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Id:mounted_0096
Release date:23 March 2011, 14:53
Dimensions:35 cm (W) x 26 cm (H)
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