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How the Huge ALMA Radio Telescope Works (Infographic)

by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

How ALMA Works

One of the most powerful telescopes in existence is being built on a high-altitude plateau in Chile.

Building ALMA: Earth’s Largest Radio Telescope (Video)

The ALMA array is an interferometer: many small radio telescopes working together as a single large telescope.  [8 Cool Facts About the ALMA Telescope]

Each individual dish is up to 40 feet in diameter (12 meters) and weighs 115 tons.  Dishes are being provided by European, Asian and American partners.

ALMA employs two transporter vehicles for moving the individual telescope dishes. Each has 28 wheels and weighs 130 tons. Two engines generate 1,400 horsepower. The vehicle can travel 7.5 mph (12 km/hr) when carrying a telescope.

Source: Space.Com

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