An aerial view of the Chajnantor Plateau, home to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (Photo: Clem & Adri Bacri-Normier (wingsforscience.com)/ESO)
The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera (center), inspecting some ALMA hardware at the March 13 inauguration ceremony (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO))
This schematic image represents how light from a distant galaxy is distorted by the gravitational effects of a nearer foreground galaxy, which acts like a lens and makes the distant source appear distorted, but brighter, forming characteristic rings of light, known as Einstein rings (Image: ALMA (ESO/NRAO/NAOJ), L. Calçada (ESO), Y. Hezaveh et al)
This montage combines data from ALMA (in red) with images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (in blue), for five distant galaxies (Image: ALMA (ESO/NRAO/NAOJ), J. Vieira et al.)
Even before the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) was inaugurated this week, it was already rewriting history with its observations showing that a stellar baby boom took place much earlier than previously thought. But the pre-inauguration announcement isn’t a reflection that the ALMA team didn’t get to enjoy the official ceremony – like the first images released in 2011, the observations were taken while ALMA was still under construction.
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