News tagged with atacama desert

The strange rubbing boulders of the Atacama

A geologist's sharp eyes and upset stomach has led to the discovery, and almost too-close encounter, with an otherworldly geological process operating in a remote corner of northern Chile's Atacama Desert.

Oct 11, 2011
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Chile's ALMA probes for origins of universe

(AP)—Earth's largest radio telescope is growing more powerful by the day on this remote plateau high above Chile's Atacama desert, where visitors often feel like they're planting the first human footprints ...

Oct 26, 2012
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VISTA: Pioneering new survey telescope starts work

VISTA is the latest telescope to be added to ESO's Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. It is housed on the peak adjacent to the one hosting the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) and shares ...

Dec 11, 2009
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Binary stars are more common than we thought

High-mass stars are rarely solitary. This is what Bochum's astronomers found out at the Ruhr-Universität's (RUB's) observatory in Chile. For several years, they observed 800 celestial objects that are up ...

Jun 16, 2014
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Dry run for the 2020 Mars mission

(Phys.org) —A film director looking for a location where a movie about Mars could be shot might consider the Atacama Desert, one of the harshest landscapes the planet has to offer. Due to the accidents ...

Jun 25, 2013
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New window on the early Universe

Scientists at the Universities of Bonn and Cardiff see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from galaxies at the edge of ...

Oct 22, 2014
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Astrochemistry enters a bold new era with ALMA

(Phys.org)—Combining the cutting-edge capabilities of the ALMA telescope with newly-developed laboratory techniques, scientists are opening a completely new era for deciphering the chemistry of the Universe. ...

Sep 20, 2012
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