ALMA at the SSE
Radio galaxy Centaurus A, as seen by ALMA

ALMA in action…

A new window into the Universe has opened with the start of Early Science at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Watch the world’s most complex ground-based telescope in action and get a first look at its unique views of the Universe.

Atacama Nightsky

Scientists having fun with the simulator…

We have finished writing the code (in glorious Python) to get our ALMA demonstrator for the Summer Science Exhibition, so here are a few quick previews….

Here is Adam looking at his best through the eyes of an interferometer:

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Note the fake colours, what we are using to make the images is the brightness - then for fun we add the really the garish colour scheme. The redder the brighter. I’m guessing this means that Adam was blushing when he had is photo taken by the webcam :-)

Not looking quite as complete as Adam, probably down to the type of interferometer I made (the more antennas the better), is me:

me through ALMA imager

Can you guess what is on my T-shirt?

John decided to go for the Blue Peter approach, getting out a piece of paper and some Tipp-Ex…

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During the exhibition you should take note of our twitpic feed as users will be able to upload their creations for all to see! We hope to see many more interesting images than we have produced so far. 

The time is counting down… so see you at the:

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The above photo is the exhibition logo as seen through ALMA’s ‘eyes’.

— Sam George