Virginia is a science portal to ALMA, at the North American ALMA Science Center, located at Charlottesville’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory. 88.9 WCVE’s Charles Fishburne has this Science Matters report.
ALMA is the world’s most powerful telescope. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia - in cooperation with the Republic of Chile - to build and operate the largest astronomical project in existence. It is a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed initially of 66 high-precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau 5,000 meters altitude in northern Chile.
The radio telescope creates images in space of things we cannot see with conventional optical telescopes and is able to detect some of the earliest galaxies. It is in many respects a time-machine, revealing the origins of the universe and detecting molecules that scientists say were the precursors of life.