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Image illustrating the detection of molecules found by ALMA in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Stellar Embryos in Nearby Dwarf Galaxy Contain Surprisingly Complex Organic Molecules
January 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm | News Release

Astronomers using ALMA have conclusively detected the largest, most complex molecules ever observed outside the Milky Way.

ALMA images of rotating galaxies on a background from the Hubble Space Telescope
Astronomers Detect Whirlpool Movement in Early Galaxies
January 10, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Announcement

Astronomers have looked back to a time soon after the Big Bang, and have discovered swirling gas in some of the earliest galaxies to have formed in the Universe. These ‘newborns’ – observed as they appeared nearly 13 billion years ago – spun like a whirlpool, similar to our own Milky Way.

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Massive Primordial Galaxies Found Swimming in Vast Ocean of Dark Matter
December 6, 2017 at 10:22 am | News Release

New ALMA observations push back the epoch of massive-galaxy formation even further by identifying two giant galaxies seen when the universe was only 780 million years old, or about 5 percent its current age.

Double-lobe feature produced by jets from one of the newly forming stars.
ALMA Discovers Infant Stars Surprisingly Near Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole
November 28, 2017 at 11:00 am | News Release

ALMA discovers remarkably early signs of low-mass star formation near the supermassive black hole at the center the Milky Way.

ADFS-27 galaxy pair
Duo of Titanic Galaxies Captured in Extreme Starbursting Merger
November 13, 2017 at 11:00 am | News Release

Astronomers using ALMA have discovered two rarely seen, distant galaxies spiraling in toward each other.

Infant stars in IRAS 16293-2422
Astronomers Discover Traces of Methyl Chloride around Infant Stars and Nearby Comet
September 28, 2017 at 9:14 am | News Release

ALMA and the Rosetta spacecraft have each detected methyl chloride in space. This intriguing molecule may have interesting astrobiology implications.

ALMA image of U Antliae shell
Image Release: Aging Star Blows Off Smoky Bubble
September 20, 2017 at 6:00 am | News Release

Astronomers have used ALMA to image a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae. These observations will help astronomers to better understand how stars evolve during the later stages of their lives.

Graphic illustrating reservoirs of cold gas surrounding a starburst galaxy
Star-formation ‘Fuel Tanks’ Found around Distant Galaxies
August 30, 2017 at 11:00 am | News Release

Using ALMA, astronomers studied six distant starburst galaxies and discovered that five of them are surrounded by turbulent reservoirs of hydrogen gas, the fuel for future star formation.

Titan is shown in an optical (atmosphere) infrared (surface) composite from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In a liquid methane environment, vinyl cyanide may form membranes.
ALMA Confirms Complex Chemistry in Titan’s Atmosphere
July 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm | News Release

Saturn’s frigid moon Titan has a curious atmosphere. In addition to a hazy mixture of nitrogen and hydrocarbons, like methane and ethane, Titan’s atmosphere also contains an array of more complex organic molecules, including vinyl cyanide, which astronomers recently uncovered in archival ALMA data. Under the right conditions, like those found on the surface of Titan, vinyl cyanide may naturally coalesce into microscopic spheres resembling cell membranes.  

Remnant of Supernova 1987A
Heart of an Exploded Star Observed in 3-D
July 10, 2017 at 11:00 am | News Release

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.

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