New Delhi: Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), believed to be the most powerful and expensive telescope ever made in the world, has taken its first picture of galaxy collision.

ALMA, which has been set at 16,000 feet above sea level in Chile’s northern Atacama Desert, would be fully functional by 2013.

Talking about its first picture, North American ALMA Project Manager Dr. Mark McKinnon said, “The test of  telescope was successful. We can collect more information about stars with the help of its pictures.”

McKinnon added that ALMA can even pave way for learning about solar system formation.

ALMA telescope is equipped with 66 antennas that can gather information about gases, stars, planets, cloud formation and many other universal activities.
Information coming through ALMA would be stored at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

(JPN/Bureau)