Astronomers’ heaven


The Chajnantor Plateau in the Atacama Desert is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.


The Atacama Desert.
The Atacama Desert.
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The breathtaking Chajnantor Plateau in the Atacama Desert, at an altitude of 5000 metres in the Chilean Andes, houses the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

Its harsh environment of dry air, isolation, and nearly non-existent cloud cover makes it one of the best places in the world for astronomical observations.

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