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This is a view from the ALMA high site at 5000 meters elevation. The view looks north towards Cerro Toco, an extinct stratovolcano that is part of a larger volcanic system called the Purico Complex. The complex last erupted 1.3 million years ago. The shiny object at the dark base of the hill is a modified ALMA prototype telescope called the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment APEX, a collaboration between Max Planck Institut fr Radioastronomie, Onsala Space Observatory, and the European Southern Observatory. The telescope was manufactured by Vertex Antennentechnik in Duisburg, Germany and saw first light in July 2005.

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    Telescope ALMA 
    Type of Observation Continuum Observations 
    Center of Image RA: 00:00:0.00, Dec: 00:00:0.00  
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