Radio Astronomy in the News
Deep inside the remains of an exploded star lies a twisted knot of newly minted molecules and dust. Using ALMA, astronomers mapped the location of these new molecules to create a high-resolution 3-D image of this “dust factory,” providing new insights into the relationship between a young supernova remnant and its galaxy.
The ALMA Board selects Dr. Sean Dougherty as the new ALMA Director for a 5-year term beginning April 2018.
Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in the Atacama Desert, Chile, is the most complex observatory ever built.
Image of the Week:
Powerful Jets of Young StarsInside a gigantic cloud of dark molecules and gas is a pair of young stars known as HH46/47. One of these stars is going through a normal but violent phase where its magnetic poles act like railways to channel charged particles away from the star. ALMA observed tons of molecules traveling out of this star along these jets at superfast speeds. These outflows eventually distort and help clear away the cloud from around the star. In this false-color image from ALMA, blue shows jet material heading toward us and red marks the jet particles speeding in the opposite direction.
Color different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum using multiwavelength images from space.
Check out our Milky Way Explorer, a guided trip through our spiral Galaxy and its neighborhood. You choose where to explore, and a radio astronomer talks to you about each stop.