From ALMA: “ALMA observes clouds in NGC 6822”

ESO/NRAO/NAOJ ALMA Array in Chile in the Atacama at Chajnantor plateau, at 5,000 metres

This montage shows four star-forming gas clouds in NGC 6822, a barred irregular dwarf galaxy, about 1.6 million light-years away. The observations were made with the Wide Field Imager [WFI] attached to the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory, the Very Large Array and by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

MPG/ESO 2.2 meter telescope at Cerro La Silla, Chile

ESO WFI LaSilla 2.2-m MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla

NRAO/VLA, on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, NM, USA

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is funded in Europe by the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO), in North America by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) and in East Asia by the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Academia Sinica (AS) in Taiwan.

ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of Europe by ESO, on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which is managed by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) and on behalf of East Asia by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) provides the unified leadership and management of the construction, commissioning and operation of ALMA.

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