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ALMA: Everything You Need to Know About Europe’s Giant Eye on the Sky

12 Apr 2013, 14:47 UTC
ALMA: Everything You Need to Know About Europe’s Giant Eye on the Sky
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Have you ever wished you could hop into a time machine, zip back billions of years and answer one of the age old questions that have plagued mankind from the first time someone peered up into the night sky? To know what exactly happened in the universe that created the chain of events that eventually lead to us crawling into existence? To know what actually happened at the beginning of time, in essence what happened at the Big Bang? Well you are in luck as a time machine with these capabilities has arrived, and no I am not revealing to everyone the existence of a functioning; time traveling DeLorean but rather the unveiling of the ALMA or the Atacama Large Millimeter Array. A massive telescope that will peer so far back to the beginning of the universe, hopefully revealing what the Universe was like those exciting moments after the Big Bang.
Back to the past! (Image by Kerry Scullion, based on NASA and Wikimedia images)

Now time travel does not come cheap. Alma comes with the expensive price tag of £1billion but it will be well worth the money. It is the product of three ideas fused into ...

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