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ALMA Reveals Intense Magnetic Field Close to Supermassive Black Hole

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has revealed an extremely powerful magnetic field, beyond anything previously detected in the core of a galaxy, very close to the event horizon of a supermassive black hole.
16-Apr-2015 2:00 PM EDT

Complex Organic Molecules Discovered in Infant Star System: Hints that Prebiotic Chemistry Is Universal

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Astronomers using ALMA have detected the presence of complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star, suggesting once again that the conditions that spawned our Earth and Sun are not unique...
7-Apr-2015 11:00 AM EDT

ALMA Sees Einstein Ring in Stunning Image of Lensed Galaxy

Astronomers have discovered that a distant galaxy -- seen from Earth with the aid of a gravitational lens -- appears like a cosmic ring, thanks to the highest resolution images ever taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)....
7-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT

Asteroid Juno Seen Traveling Through Space in New ALMA Images and Animation

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A series of images made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) provides an unprecedented view of the surface of Juno, one of the largest members of our solar system's main asteroid belt.
7-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT

Race to Detect Gravitational Waves Advances with New NSF-funded NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) $14.5 million over 5 years to create and operate a Physics Frontiers Center (PFC).
30-Mar-2015 10:30 AM EDT

Image Release: Mysterious Phenomena in a Gigantic Galaxy-Cluster Collision

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Researchers using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have produced the most detailed image yet of a fascinating region where clusters of hundreds of galaxies are colliding, creating a rich variety of mysterious phenomena visible only to radio...
10-Mar-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Pockets of Calm Protect Molecules Around a Supermassive Black Hole

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Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered regions where certain organic molecules somehow endure the intense radiation near the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy NGC 1068, also known to...
26-Feb-2015 8:00 AM EST

Why Do Starburst Galaxies 'Burst'? ALMA Sees Super Stellar Nurseries at Heart of Sculptor Galaxy

An international team of astronomers used ALMA to dissect a cluster of star-forming clouds at the heart of NGC 253, one of the nearest starburst galaxies to the Milky Way.
13-Feb-2015 9:05 AM EST

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