ALMA First Image
In this composite image of the merging cores of the Antennae Galaxies, optical (white and pink), radio (blue) and millimeter/submillimeter (orange and gold) images are combined to show the history and future of star formation. The optical image represents stars that are shining now. The radio image highlights gas that is probably too thin to become a star, and at the mm/submm wavelengths we can see the areas where new stars will likely form.
Telescope: VLA; VLA; ALMA; ALMA; VLA; ALMA
Band: L; L; ALMA 7; ALMA 7; L; ALMA 6
Date: 1997-09-06; 1997-09-06; 2011-05-28T01:41:17.375999; 2011-05-28T03:06:05.087999; 1999-10-09; 2011-04-03T04:38:50.160000
Center: RA: 12:01:53.32, Dec: -18:52:23.76
Field of View: 3.3 x 3.3 arcminutes