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ALMA radio telescope dishes reflected in rainwater

ALMA radio dishes under a blue sky, standing in a glittering pool of water.
View full-scale image. | ALMA radio dishes and their reflections. Image via C. Follet/ ALMA Observatory at Home.

The ALMA Observatory on Twitter shared this image from C. Follet on January 21, 2022. The ALMA telescope was built to occupy a region of high desert, in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. So it’s usually very dry there. But Chile experiences a weather effect each summer (it’s summer there now), which they call the Altiplanic winter. It’s when moist air from Bolivia brings rain and sometimes snow. So it’s unusual to see this! But these pools of rain reflecting the radio dishes made for one glorious photo.

Bottom line: Beautiful radio telescope dishes of the ALMA observatory reflect in rare pools of rainwater in the Chilean high desert.

January 27, 2022
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