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ESOcast 36: ALMA Opens Its Eyes

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The most complex ground-based astronomy observatory in the world, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), has officially opened for astronomers. The first released image, from a telescope 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.

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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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Id:eso1137a
Release date:3 October 2011, 11:30
Related releases:eso1137
Related announcements:ann11068
Duration:09m 28s

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