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ALMA Achieves New Observing Capabilities


The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has reached a major milestone by extending its vision fully into the realm of the submillimeter, the wavelengths of cosmic light that hold intriguing information about the cold, dark, and...
10-Sep-2014 12:05 PM EDT

Newly Identified Galactic Supercluster Is Home to the Milky Way


Astronomers using the GBT -- among other telescopes -- have determined that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly identified ginormous supercluster of galaxies, which they have dubbed “Laniakea,” which means “immense heaven” in...
3-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Orion Rocks! Pebble-Size Particles May Jump-Start Planet Formation


Astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles -- planetary building blocks 100 to 1,000 times larger than the dust grains typically...
27-Aug-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Best View Yet of Merging Galaxies in Distant Universe


An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) -- among other telescopes -- has obtained the best view yet of a collision between two galaxies when the...
25-Aug-2014 3:05 PM EDT

Comets Forge Organic Molecules in Their Dusty Atmospheres, ALMA Confirms

An international team of scientists using ALMA has made incredible 3D images of the ghostly atmospheres surrounding comets ISON and Lemmon. These new observations provided important insights into how and where comets forge new chemicals, including...
11-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT

ALMA Pinpoints Pluto to Help Guide NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft


Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) are making high-precision measurements of Pluto's location and orbit around the Sun to help NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft accurately home in on its target when it nears...
5-Aug-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Young Binary Star System May Form Planets with Weird and Wild Orbits

While surveying a series of binary stars with the ALMA telescope, astronomers uncovered a striking pair of wildly misaligned planet-forming disks in the young binary star system HK Tau.
28-Jul-2014 8:55 AM EDT

Gigantic Explosion Buried in Dust: Alma Probes Environment Around Gamma Ray Bursts

Researchers using ALMA report the first-ever detection of molecular gas -- the fuel for star formation -- in two galaxies that were previously rocked by gamma ray bursts (GRBs), the brightest explosions in the Universe.
11-Jun-2014 1:00 PM EDT

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