Gallery: Atacama Large Millimeter Array

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Located in the Chilean Andes, this is the most powerful radio-telescope array on the planet.Courtesy Atacama

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The array powered up its first three antennas earlier this year.Courtesy Atacama

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Engineers should have 60 more dishes installed by 2013.Courtesy Atacama

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The dishes will capture the narrow spectrum of radiation that can pass through interstellar dust clouds.Courtesy Atacama

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The array will allow scientists to observe the gravitational collapse that initiates the birth of stars.Courtesy Atacama