Unstoppable Monster in the Early Universe

Astronomers obtained the most detailed anatomy chart of a monster galaxy located 12.4 billion light-years away. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the team revealed that the molecular clouds in the galaxy are highly unstable, which leads to runaway star formation. Monster galaxies are thought to be the ancestors of the huge elliptical galaxies in today’s Universe, therefore these findings pave the way to understand the formation and evolution of such galaxies._ALMA

ALMA Precisely Measures Black Hole Mass

In a new proof-of-concept observation, astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have measured the mass of the supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 1097 — a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 45 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Fornax.

Complex Organic Molecules Discovered in Infant Star System

Για πρώτη φορά, αστρονόμοι ανίχνευσαν την παρουσία πολύπλοκων οργανικών μορίων, δομικών στοιχείων της ζωής, σε πρωτοπλανητικό δίσκο που περιβάλλει νεαρό άστρο, γεγονός που υποδηλώνει μια ακόμη φορά ότι οι συνθήκες κατά τις οποίες γεννήθηκαν η Γη και ο Ήλιος μας, δεν είναι μοναδικές στο σύμπαν.