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The World's Largest Radio Telescope - 16 Mar 2012
March 13 marked the inauguration of the world's most powerful observatory - a field of antennas high in Chile's Atacama desert that make up the ALMA telescope.

ALMA, the world's largest radio telescope, has been functioning at limited capacity since 2011. But now 50 of the antennas, which can be arranged over a 10-kilometre radius to maximise their efficiency, will finally be working together.
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March 12, 2013
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre...
Calama, Chile
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor...
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre...
Calama, Chile
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor...
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre...
Calama, Chile
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor...
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
A special vehicle (R) prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre...
Calama, Chile
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor...
A special vehicle (R) prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
CHILE/
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March 12, 2013
A special vehicle (R) prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre...
Calama, Chile
A special vehicle prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor...
A special vehicle (R) prepares to load a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
A man looks out of a window at parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre...
Calama, United Kingdom
A man looks out of a window at parabolic antennas of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in...
A man looks out of a window at parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres (16400 ft) above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday 13 and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
A worker prepares a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project...
Calama, Chile
A worker prepares a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project...
A worker prepares a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres (16400 ft) above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and has being built by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Drawings from a school-drawing contest are displayed in one of the buildings of the ALMA (Atacama Large...
Calama, Chile
Drawings from a school-drawing contest are displayed in one of the buildings of the ALMA project at the...
Drawings from a school-drawing contest are displayed in one of the buildings of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres (16400 ft) above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and has being built by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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March 12, 2013
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project are seen at the...
Calama, Chile
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA project are seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project are seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project...
Calama, Chile
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama...
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project...
Calama, Chile
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama...
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project are seen at the...
Calama, Chile
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA project are seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project are seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project are seen at the...
Calama, Chile
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA project are seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project are seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
A parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project is seen at the...
Calama, Chile
A parabolic antenna of the ALMA project is seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert
A parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project is seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Members of the media work in front of the parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre...
Calama, Chile
Members of the media work in front of the parabolic antennas of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor...
Members of the media work in front of the parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
A worker is reflected on the correlator computer machine which works together with the parabolic antennas...
Calama, Chile
A worker is reflected on the correlator computer machine which works together with the parabolic antennas...
A worker is reflected on the correlator computer machine which works together with the parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project...
Calama, Chile
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama...
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
A worker prepares a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project...
Calama, Chile
A worker prepares a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama...
A worker prepares a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project...
Calama, Chile
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama...
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 12, 2013
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project...
Calama, Chile
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama...
Workers prepare a parabolic antenna of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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March 12, 2013
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project are seen at the...
Calama, Chile
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA project are seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert
Parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project are seen at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 12, 2013
A member of the media takes pictures of the parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre...
Calama, Chile
A member of the media takes pictures of the parabolic antennas of the ALMA project at the El Llano de...
A member of the media takes pictures of the parabolic antennas of the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array) project at the El Llano de Chajnantor in the Atacama desert, some 1730 km (1074 miles) north of Santiago and 5000 metres above sea level, March 12, 2013. ALMA will be inaugurated on Wednesday and is being constructed by the ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) with its partners NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). ALMA will have 66 high precision antennas which will work together as a single giant telescope to study the universe, molecular gas, dust of stars, galaxies and planetary systems, ESO said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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