The cosmic weather report, as illustrated in this artist’s concept, calls for condensing clouds of cold molecular gas around the Abell 2597 Brightest Cluster Galaxy. The clouds condense out of the hot, ionised gas that suffuses the space between the galaxies in this cluster. New ALMA data show that these clouds are raining in on the galaxy, plunging toward the supermassive black hole at its centre.

Black Hole Fed by Cold Intergalactic Deluge

An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has witnessed a cosmic weather event that has never been seen before -- a cluster of towering intergalactic gas clouds raining in on the supermassive black hole at the centre of a huge galaxy one billion light-years from Earth.

ALMA Phase Correction Workshop

A workshop focused on how to improve the ALMA phase corrections is jointly organized by the ALMA observatory and Allegro. It will be held at Leiden Observatory from May 30 - Jun 3. Participation is by invitation only.

ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals is now open

The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) and the partner organizations in East Asia, Europe, and North America, is pleased to announce the ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals (CfP) for scientific observations to be scheduled from October 2016 to September 2017.

Expert advice from Allegro for ALMA Cycle 4 proposals

The Call for Proposals for ALMA Cycle 4 will come out on March 22, 2016. Deadline for proposal submission is April 21, 2016. We would like to remind you that Allegro offers expert advice on proposal feasibility, preparation, and optimization, via e-mail, phone, skype or face-to-face visit.

ALMA Proposal Preparation Day 2016

Announcement from the Italian Node
In preparation to the ALMA Cycle 4 proposal submission deadline of April 21st, the Italian node of the European ARC is organizing an "ALMA proposal preparation day" to support the ALMA users to prepare their proposals. This meeting will be held at the INAF-Osservatorio di Radioastronomia, Bologna, on the 11-12th of April.

Call for Proposals for APEX/SEPIA Band 9

A new Band 9 receiver was installed inside the Swedish ESO PI receiver for Apex (SEPIA) at APEX in early February. This receiver, built by NOVA, is a copy of the ALMA Band 9 receiver, and covers frequencies from 600 to 722 GHz.

Conference Announcement: Half a Decade of ALMA

This international four-day (September 20 - 23, 2016) conference will highlight ALMA results at the threshold of the array's fifth year of science operations and bring together researchers from around the world to motivate collaborations for ALMA Cycle 5.

German ALMA Community Days 2016

Announcement from the German Node To prepare the local astronomical community for Cycle 4, the German ARC node organizes the German ALMA Community Days 2016 at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie in Bonn on 6-8 April 2016.

New ALMA Science Verification Data

A new installment of Science Verification data is available. This release contains data on the following Science Verification target: IRAS16293-2422 spectral line observations in Band 4 (CH3CN, CH3OH) with the 12-m Array, demonstrating the Band 4 capability.

ALMA and GMVA Observations in Cycle 4

People interested in proposing VLBI observations with ALMA should be informed that ALMA will participate in some GMVA observations during ALMA Cycle 4 at 3mm wavelengths in the period Oct 1 2016 - Sept 30 2017.

Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science

Announcement from the German Node The course "Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science", held in English at the university of Bonn in April-July 2016, offers a hands-on overview of major aspects of radio/mm/submm interferometry for master students, PhD students and senior astronomers.

ALMA Early Science Cycle 0 Workshop

This workshop provided an overview of the Early Science call and a hands-on tutorial on the Observing Tool (OT) and CASA as well as help with proposal preparation for Cycle 0. See also this page for more information on the call for Early Science. Workshop material

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