World’s Largest Telescope May Finally Reveal the Mysteries of our Origins
The world’s most powerful telescope, which was built ‘in search of our cosmic origins’ will be switched on today and has the potential to tell us more about where life on Earth came from.
The Atacama Large Millimeter Array, or ALMA for short, is located deep in the Chilean desert at an altitude of 16,400 feet where it will be unaffected by pollution from artificial light, producing images that will be ten times sharper than those of the Hubble space telescope.
It is hoped that it will provide answers to the mysteries of our origins by peering back to almost the first moments after the universe was formed. It could shine a light on our creation as some believe that the elements spewed out by dying stars went on the seed the sun, the planets and, eventually, humans.
It will also tell us more about where life came from by finding traces of compounds from water to chemicals similar those in DNA.
A spokesman for the European Southern Observatory, which co-ordinates the European investment, said: ‘ALMA contributes profoundly to the satisfaction of curiosity, not just of the professional researcher, but of the child who looks at the sky full of stars and wonders what they are and what part of the universe we occupy.’
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