Dec 8, 2010 - ALMA - Dr. Andy Woodsworth

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ALMA CanadaAndy Woodsworth - Galaxy ConsultingDecember 8, 2010 - ALMA - A Billion Dollar Radio Observatory in the Chilean Andes - Dr. Andy Woodsworth

Canada is a participant in the development of this international radio observatory, which will represent a bigger advance in the field of radio astronomy than Hubble did in optical astronomy. This enormous observatory, which includes 66 large movable antennas in a 15 km area, is being built at the 5,000 metre level in the Atacama desert region of northern Chile. This talk compared optical and radio astronomy, and explained some of the excitement behind the scientific potential and the very challenging technology development required to realize this potential. The talk also showed a few of the touristic aspects of the Atacama region.

Bio: Andy Woodsworth holds a PhD in radio astronomy from Queen's University. He spent many years with NRC's Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Ottawa and in Victoria, and he later led NRC's Institute for Information Technology and served as an interim Vice-President of NRC. While in Ottawa, he was Secretary of the RASC Ottawa Centre and its representative to National Council.

Currently, Andy is the Chairman of the Board of Compute Canada and a Vice-President of Leadership Victoria. He also is a member of the ALMA Annual External Review committee and he has recently returned from visiting the ALMA site. Galaxy Consulting


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ALMA - A Billion Dollar Radio Observatory in the Chilean Andes from RASC Victoria Centre


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