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This is the remarkable first picture taken by the new $1.3billion radio telescope sitting high in the Chilean Andes.

It shows two galaxies colliding in a view no other telescope on Earth or in space could capture.

The shot is a teasing glimpse of the capabilities of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array telescope - this picture has been taken using only a quarter of the antennae it will have when it comes into full operation in 2013.

But even now, this shot of the Antennae Galaxies is astonishing - showing off the telescope's exceptional power at detecting 'cold' matter using radio waves. The combined image shown would not be visible at all to visible-light and infrared telescopes.
Changed the title since it was just way too long. That picture is stunning!

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...-universe.html

More Images: http://www.almaobservatory.org/en/vi...ages/astronomy
Edited by Lampen - 10/6/11 at 12:59pm
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OMG awesome picture

The Universe is so awesome,there are no words to decsribe it .
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post #3 of 50
Very nice picture !
I wonder why they don't send a telescope on a spaceship in space. They could travail millions of kilometers and get closer pictures everyday.

EDIT: In case you've never seen this video, it just prove how little we are in this huge universe :

http://youtu.be/0fKBhvDjuy0?t=13s
Edited by Abs.exe - 10/6/11 at 12:42pm
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ITS BEAUTIFUUUUL!

Where can I get a higher resolution image?
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Always when i see pictures like this i think they are photoshopped or something like that.
Its just amazing how it looks almost unbelievable.
    
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I wonder what it looks like now.
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I jizzed everywhere.
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Yeah we are probably seeing the light from billions of years ago. Also do know that the our galaxy is due to collide with the Andromeda galaxy.
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Sweet! Thanks for the info!
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That is absolutely beautiful. I hope they take more images, I need a new wallpaper
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