The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX)

This photograph shows the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), on the 5000-metre altitude plateau of Chajnantor in the Chilean Andes. The plane of our galaxy — the Milky Way — can be seen in the sky looking like a band of faint, glowing clouds. To the left of APEX is the central region of the Milky Way, where a supermassive black hole lurks at the core of our galaxy.

APEX is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) and ESO. Operation of APEX at Chajnantor is entrusted to ESO.

Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi/TWAN (twanight.org)

About the Image

Id:eso1229c
Type:Photographic
Release date:18 July 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1229
Size:6161 x 2375 px

About the Object

Name:Atacama Pathfinder Experiment
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Category:APEX

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