Scientists expect powerful telescope to unveil more on alien planets

03/12/2013 | Space.com

Though the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, dubbed the world's most powerful radio telescope, hasn't officially been introduced to the world, it's already begun to help researchers learn more about the alien planets that surround us. Scientists are still adding additional antennas to the array, but even without full completion, the telescope has captured narrow dust rings around a brown dwarf and helped measure planets around the star Fomalhaut. Scientists expect ALMA at full power to have "a view of the universe that we can't even imagine even now," said Wolfgang Wild, a project manager with ALMA.

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