Image Credit: ALMA

This is the Atacama Large Millimeter/submmillimeter Array, also called ALMA. It is located on the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile and sits 5,000 meters above sea level. Here, the air is about 50% thinner than it is at sea level and very dry making this one of the best places on Earth to make land-based observations of the heavens above.

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are easily visible in the image’s left side (obviously, the larger of the two – found on the bottom – is the LMC) as well as several meteors. Finally, you have the arc of the Milky way, which is aligned with the full moon.


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