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Center of the ALMA Array

31 December, 2013 / Read time: 1 minute

This video shows the Array Operation Site (AOS) of ALMA, in the Chajnantor Plateau.

In the heart of the array sits the 16 East Asian MELCO telescopes working together like one telescope of 492 feet (150 m) across. Called the Morita Compact Array, these specialized 7-meter telescopes can map the Universe's giant, wispy structures, making certain that ALMA never misses the forest for the trees.

Credits: National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)