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by Dong-Chan Kim last modified Sep 15, 2016






ALMA Finds Black Hole Hidden Within Its Own Exhaust

September 15, 2016

Supermassive black holes, millions to billions of times the mass of our Sun, are found at the centers of galaxies. Many of these galactic behemoths are hidden within a thick doughnut-shape ring of dust and gas known as a torus. (read more)


Cycle 4: Phase 2 kick-off

August 08, 2016

The delivery of the Cycle 4 notification e-mails to ALMA PIs marks the beginning of this Cycle's Phase 2. As of this Cycle, PIs will be creating their Scheduling Blocks (SBs), with the assistance of ALMA staff, and following the guidelines given in Sec. 6.1 of the ALMA User’s Policies, the relevant Knowledgebase article, the Phase 2 Quick Start Guide and the User's Guide to the ALMA Scheduling Blocks . (read more)


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 Micheal Ivory at 434-296-0308 or via email at .