In DepthAstronomy

Lofty telescope will survey the cool universe

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Science  26 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6340, pp. 789-790
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6340.789

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Last month, Cornell University and its partners announced they had secured enough funds to begin building a new radio telescope on a lofty peak in Chile: the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p). CCAT-p will have a special place in the burgeoning field of submillimeter astronomy, which is opening a view of cool, faintly glowing gas and dust. With its wide field of view, the new telescope will be able to quickly find promising targets for the much larger Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, the world’s premier telescope for observing in the submillimeter band. It should also be suited to mapping radiation from the edge of the universe, yielding a new understanding of cosmic evolution and even of the big bang.