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ALMA Weighs Supermassive Black Hole at Center of Distant Spiral Galaxy

Astronomers using ALMA have measured the mass of the supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 1097 -- a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 45 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Fornax
18-Jun-2015 5:05 AM EDT

Astronomers 'Unscramble' Einstein Ring to Reveal Most Detailed View Ever of Star Formation in the Distant Universe

ALMA’s Long Baseline Campaign produced spectacular images of the distant, gravitationally lensed galaxy called HATLAS J090311.6+003906, otherwise known as SDP.81. New analyses of these images reveal details never before seen in a galaxy so remote,...
5-Jun-2015 4:30 PM EDT

ALMA Discovers Proto Super Star Cluster -- a Cosmic 'Dinosaur Egg' About to Hatch

Astronomers using ALMA have discovered what may be the first known example of a globular cluster about to be born: an incredibly massive, extremely dense, yet star-free cloud of molecular gas.
7-May-2015 11:00 AM EDT

Pulsar with Widest Orbit Ever Detected


A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers...
1-May-2015 11:00 AM EDT

NRAO and Partners Select 2015 Class for ‘Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program’


A collation of leading U.S. astronomy organizations and observatories has selected its first class of educators who will travel to Chile as part of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP).
29-Apr-2015 11:30 AM EDT

ALMA Reveals Intense Magnetic Field Close to Supermassive Black Hole


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


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

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