APEX

ESO operates the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, APEX, at one of the highest observatory sites on Earth, at an elevation of 5100 metres, high on the Chajnantor plateau in Chile’s Atacama region. APEX is a 12-metre diameter telescope, operating at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves. Submillimetre astronomy opens a window into the cold, dusty and distant Universe, but the faint signals from space are heavily absorbed by water vapour in the Earth's atmosphere. Chajnantor is an ideal location for such a telescope, as the region is one of the driest on the planet and is more than 750 m higher than the observatories on Mauna Kea, and 2400 m higher than the Very Large Telescope (VLT) on Cerro Paranal.

APEX plays a key role in the Event Horizon Telescope, a planet-scale array of eight ground-based telescopes designed to capture images of a black hole.

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Tunnistus:apex-sunsetpan-2
Tyyppi:Valokuvallinen
Julkaisupäivä:10. huhtikuuta 2019 15:07
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1907
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Nimi:Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, Panorama
Tyyppi:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Kategoria:APEX

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