ALMA Cycle 7 science observations have re-started

Published: 24 Mar 2021
ALMA Reflections
Credit: Pablo Carrillo

ALMA is very pleased to share the positive news that science observations re-started on 17 March 2021. These were the first Cycle 7 data to be acquired since the Observatory shutdown, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in March 2020. The first newly-acquired datasets have now been calibrated and imaged, and have successfully passed the ALMA quality assurance stages.

The newly-acquired data will shortly be delivered to our users worldwide. At present, science observations are being taken on the 12-m Array only. Science observations will start on the 7-m Array when eight 7-m antennas are available. The updated list of recent observations that have passed QA0, together with the weather condition at the Array Operation Site (AOS) can be viewed on the ALMA Status Page on the ALMA Science Portal.