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Cascades of gas around young star indicate early stages of planet formation

October 18, 2019

What does a gestating baby planet look like? New research in Nature by a team including Carnegie’s Jaehan…
A Cosmic Pretzel

October 8, 2019

Twin baby stars grow amongst a twisting network of gas and dust. The two baby stars were found…
From Cells To Galaxies And Beyond

October 2, 2019

Scientists in radio astronomy and medical imaging find common ground “We are star stuff,” famous astronomer Carl Sagan…
Life and death of the stars: Researchers investigate extreme galaxy environments

September 24, 2019

An international team of 30 scientists—led by researchers at McMaster—is using one of the world’s largest telescopes to…
First Canadian ALMA Large Program to Investigate the Impact of Galaxy Environment on Star Formation

September 19, 2019

The first ever Canadian-led Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Large Program has been approved for cycle 7. The…
ALMA Dives into Black Hole’s ‘Sphere of Influence’

August 8, 2019

Capturing Orbital Motion around a Black Hole in Unprecedented Clarity What happens inside a black hole stays inside…
Astronomers See a Moon Forming Around a Baby Exoplanet

July 16, 2019

Astronomers have discovered, for the first time, moons forming in the disk of debris around a large exoplanet.…
Cool, Nebulous Ring around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

June 6, 2019

Through decades of study, astronomers have developed a clearer picture of the chaotic and crowded neighborhood surrounding the…
ALMA Shows Birth of Spiraling Giants

March 20, 2019

Witnessing the birth of a massive binary star system Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have…
A Star’s Outburst is Releasing Organic Molecules Trapped in the ice Around it

February 8, 2019

According to widely-accepted theories, the Solar System formed roughly 4.6 billion years ago from a massive cloud of…
Liberal Sprinkling of Salt Discovered around a Young Star

February 8, 2019

New ALMA observations show there is ordinary table salt in a not-so-ordinary location: 1,500 light-years from Earth in…
Cosmic Microwaves Tell Tale as Old as Time

January 8, 2019

Hot spots in the cosmic microwave background tell us about the history and evolution of distant quasars. Using…
Here are 20 Protoplanetary Disks, With Newly Forming Planets Carving Out Gaps in the Gas and Dust

December 18, 2018

The hunt for other planets in our galaxy has heated up in the past few decades, with 3869…
Fragmenting Disk Gives Birth to Binary Star ‘Odd Couple’

December 17, 2018

One Star Potentially Formed in Planet-like Fashion Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array…
ALMA's high-resolution images of nearby protoplanetary disks, which are results of the Disk Substructures at High Angular Resolution Project (DSHARP). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), S. Andrews et al.; NRAO/AUI/NSF, S. Dagnello
The Epoch of Planet Formation, Times Twenty

December 14, 2018

ALMA Campaign Provides Unprecedented Views of the Birth of Planets Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit…
ALMA and MUSE Detect Galactic Fountain

November 7, 2018

A mere one billion light-years away in the nearby galaxy cluster known as Abell 2597, there lies a…
ALMA Maps Europa’s Temperature

October 25, 2018

First Spatially Resolved, Complete Thermal Data Set of Jupiter’s Icy Moon Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a chaotic…
Surprising Discovery. Four Giant Planets Found Around a Very Young Star

October 17, 2018

What exactly is a “normal” solar system? If we thought we had some idea in the past, we…
When Is a Nova Not a ‘Nova’? When a White Dwarf and a Brown Dwarf Collide

October 8, 2018

Synopsis: Using ALMA, an international team of astronomers found evidence that a white dwarf (the elderly remains of…
Fierce Winds Quench Wildfire-like Starbirth in Far-flung Galaxy

September 7, 2018

ALMA observes most distant galactic outflow Astronomers using ALMA, with the aid of a gravitational lensGravitational LensThe effect…
Enduring ‘Radio Rebound’ Powered by Jets from Gamma-Ray Burst

July 31, 2018

Summary: Astronomers using ALMA studied a cataclysmic stellar explosion known as a gamma-ray burstGamma-ray BurstA powerful event where…
Stellar Corpse Reveals Origin of Radioactive Molecules

July 31, 2018

Observations using ALMA find radioactive isotope aluminium-26 from the remnant CK Vulpeculae The team, led by Tomasz Kamiński…
ALMA and VLT Find Evidence for Stars Forming Just 250 Million Years After Big Bang

May 17, 2018

An international team of astronomers used ALMA to observe a distant galaxy called MACS1149-JD1. They detected a very…
Ancient Galaxy Megamergers

April 27, 2018

ALMA and APEX discover massive conglomerations of forming galaxies in early Universe Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array…
Powerful Flare from Star Proxima Centauri Detected with ALMA

February 27, 2018

Puts habitability of nearby system into question Space weather emitted by Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our…
Maybe There’s no Connection Between Supermassive Black Holes and Their Host Galaxies?

February 23, 2018

For decades, astrophysicists have puzzled over the relationship between Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) and their respective galaxies. Since…
Astronomers Observe the Rotating Accretion Disk Around the Supermassive Black Hole in M77

February 20, 2018

During the 1970s, scientists confirmed that radio emissions coming from the center of our galaxy were due to…
Stellar Embryos in Nearby Dwarf Galaxy Contain Surprisingly Complex Organic Molecules

January 31, 2018

The nearby dwarf galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a chemically primitive place. Unlike the…
Astronomers Detect Whirlpool Movement in Early Galaxies

January 15, 2018

Astronomers have looked back to a time soon after the Big Bang, and have discovered swirling gas in…
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