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2005-Sep-07, 04:11 PM
SUMMARY: The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) achieved a new milestone this week when it made its first observations. APEX consists of a 12-metre telescope designed to view the Universe at submillimeter wavelengths: a part of the radio spectrum especially useful for viewing colder objects. APEX is the same instrument that will eventually go into the much larger ALMA project, which will consist of at least 64 of these telescopes, arrayed to function as a single instrument.

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2006-Jul-13, 07:47 PM
The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) 12-m sub-millimetre telescope lives up to its ambitions of providing access to the "Cold Universe" with unprecedented sensitivity and image quality. As a demonstration, no less than 26 articles based on early science with APEX are published this week in the research journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Among the many new findings, most in the field of star formation and astrochemistry, are the discovery of a new interstellar ion and the detection of CO radiation at 0.2 mm and of H2D+ radiation.

Source (http://www.mpg.de/english/illustrationsDocumentation/documentation/pressReleases/2006/pressRelease20060713/index.html)

2006-Jul-14, 02:44 PM
Everything this can be used for is interesting to me. I think the full array being used to study nearby star forming regions is the most interesting.