The NOEMA observatory (IMAGE) University of Cologne Caption Antennas of the NOEMA observatory (MPG/Germany, CNRS/France, IGN/Spain). Using their unique resolving power, astronomers probed the early Universe and found a new method for measuring the cosmic microwave background’s temperature. NOEMA is the most powerful radio telescope in the Northern Hemisphere. The observatory operates at over 2500 meters above sea level on one of the most extended European high altitude sites, the Plateau de Bure in the French Alps. The telescope is operated by the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM) and is financed by the Max-Planck Society (Germany), the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (France) and the Instituto Geografico Nacional (Spain). Credit IRAM, A.Ramboud Usage Restrictions none License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.