The ATA, which is comprised of a large number of small dishes, is used for radio astronomy observations of our galaxy and other galaxies, gamma ray bursts and transient radio sources, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). The ATA is a joint project of the SETI Institute and the Radio Astronomy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Partial operating costs of the array are supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (AST 08-38262).
Telescopes of the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in Hat Creek, Calif., rest peacefully as the Milky Way rises in the sky above.
(Date of Image: 2006)
Credit: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute