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Stellar Outburst Brings Water Snowline Into View

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A violent outburst by the young star V883 Orionis has given astronomers using ALMA their first view of a water "snowline" in a protoplanetary disk – the transition point around the star where the temperature and pressure are low enough for water...
12-Jul-2016 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

NRAO Media Tip Sheet, July 2016: Science, Engineering, and Technology Milestones

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Citizen Scientists' Discovery Points to Unknown Galaxy Cluster; Astronomers 'Saddle Up' Next-Generation MUSTANG-2 Radio Camera; ALMA Uses 'Double Vision' to Study Galaxy's Gaseous Ingredients; GBT Radar Image of Moon in New Smithsonian Exhibit
1-Jul-2016 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

ALMA Observes Most Distant Oxygen Ever

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Astronomers used ALMA to detect glowing oxygen in a distant galaxy seen just 700 million years after the Big Bang. This is the most distant galaxy in which oxygen has ever been unambiguously detected, and it is most likely being ionized by powerful...
16-Jun-2016 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Black Hole Deluged by Cold Intergalactic 'Rain'

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Astronomers using ALMA have witnessed a never-before-seen cosmic weather event – a cluster of towering intergalactic gas clouds raining in on the supermassive black hole at the center of an elliptical galaxy one billion light-years from Earth.
7-Jun-2016 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

NRAO Media Tip Sheet: May 2016; Science, Engineering, and Technology Milestones

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Cometary Belt around Distant Multi-planet System Hints at Hidden or Wandering Planets; VLBA Study Doubles Sample of Youngest Radio Galaxies; Innovation from NRAO Engineer Yields New Patent; NRAO Engineers Receive IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society...
17-May-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

2016 Astronomy Outreach Ambassadors to Visit World-Class Observatories in Chile

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A group of nine outreach and education professionals from across the United States and Puerto Rico was selected to be the 2016 class for the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP), an immersive astronomy outreach and awareness...
9-May-2016 3:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

ALMA Measures Mass of Black Hole with Extreme Precision

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Astronomers using ALMA have delved remarkably deep into the heart of a nearby elliptical galaxy to study the motion of a disk of cold interstellar gas encircling the supermassive black hole at its center, provide one of the most accurate mass...
5-May-2016 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Dwarf Dark Galaxy Hidden in ALMA Gravitational Lens Image

Subtle distortions hidden in ALMA’s stunning image of the gravitational lens SDP.81 are telltale signs that a dwarf dark galaxy is lurking in the halo of a much larger galaxy nearly 4 billion light-years away.
14-Apr-2016 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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