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Complex Organic Molecules Discovered in Infant Star System: Hints that Prebiotic Chemistry Is Universal

April 08, 2015

For the first time, astronomers have detected the presence of complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star, suggesting once again that the conditions that spawned our Earth and Sun are not unique in the universe. (read more)

ALMA Cycle 3 Call for Proposals Released

March 24, 2015

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory is pleased to announce that the Joint ALMA Observatory has released the Cycle 3 ALMA Call for Proposals, which may be found on the ALMA Science Portal: https://almascience.nrao.edu/proposing/call-for-proposals.

Come and Visit the NAASC

The datasets for all of the observations taken in Cycle 0 have been delivered to PIs. NRAO would like to take this opportunity to remind Cycle 0 and 1 investigators of the services available to assist in the analysis of ALMA data. Investigators who would like to re-process their datasets from the original raw files, or who would like advice on analyzing the calibrated datasets they have received, are welcomed to visit. In Charlottesville, financial support is available for two visitors from each project (if the second visitor is a student); in Victoria, visits are encouraged although no financial support is possible. In instances where the data reduction and analysis questions are few or minor, investigators may elect to interact with staff via phone or video connection, or by submitting Helpdesk queries any time of the year at https://help.almascience.org/ .

Feedback on ALMA data analysis tools is greatly appreciated. Please communicate any obstacles encountered in the path from data delivery to publication by submitting a Helpdesk ticket. In particular, has a lack of computing resources, software for analysis, visualization, plotting, or other "tools" proven to be a difficulty? As NRAO moves forward, it will be useful to our planning to understand current gaps in the path from telescope to scientific results. NRAO thanks you for your participation in ALMA Early Science, we look forward to hearing from you and providing assistance as you prepare Cycle 2 proposals.

Contact Us

For more information about the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC), please contact Lyndele von Schill at 434-296-0308 or via email at lvonschi@nrao.edu.