Smithsonian Submillimeter Array
Another response to the last edition of the WordPress photo challenge with a theme of ‘All time favorites.’
I post this for two reasons. The first is that recently I had an exchange on this blog with the wife of the Director of the Submillimeter Array (SMA). The second is that Mauna Kea is a favorite place of mine to visit.
So here are a couple of photos of the SMA taken a few years back. The dishes are mounted on those little round pads in the photos, and they can be moved to different pads to produce different configurations. In my ignorance of most things scientific, I marvel at the idea of moving a dish a few meters makes a big difference in observations of things way the heck out there in space. That’s not an official measurement there.
The top photo shows seven of the eight dishes that make up the array.
The photos at left, of three dishes and what immediately popped into my head when I saw them, show why I never made it as a scientist.
For more information about the Submillimeter Array, go to https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/sma/.