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ESOcast 36: ALMA Opens Its Eyes

The astronomy podcast featuring news and cutting edge science from ESO

3 October 2011

The most complex ground-based astronomical observatory in the world, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), has officially opened for astronomers. The first released image, from a telescope that is still under construction, reveals a view of the Universe that cannot be seen at all by visible-light and infrared telescopes.

Thousands of scientists from around the world competed to be the first few researchers to explore some of the darkest, coldest, furthest, and most hidden secrets of the cosmos with this new astronomical tool.

In ESOcast episode 36 we get the latest news from ALMA, as it begins its first science observations, and we reveal its first public image. We also find out how astronomers around the world have been eagerly waiting to get their hands on this revolutionary telescope, and discover why this is only the beginning for the observatory.

Credits

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).
Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Lars Holm Nielsen and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Douglas Pierce-Price and Oli Usher.
Narration: Dr. J.
Music: Movetwo.
Footage and photos: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), A.M. Swinbank and S. Zieleniewski, APEX/DSS2/SuperCosmos/Deharveng(LAM)/Zavagno(LAM), A. Fujii/Digitized Sky Survey 2/ESO, MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al., NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al., NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope,  J. Emerson/VISTA and José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org).
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

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