Antennae Galaxies, ALMA image

Antennae Galaxies, ALMA image

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Caption: Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038 and NGC 4039), ALMA image. ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array) is an array of 66 radio telescopes in Chile's Atacama desert. Data from the separate telescopes is combined by interferometry, making it one of the world's most powerful telescopes. Test observations, begun in 2011, included this pair of colliding spiral galaxies located 70 million light years away in the constellation of Corvus. This view was obtained with only 12 antennas, using ALMA bands 3 and 7, detecting carbon monoxide in molecular clouds where stars are forming. As more of the array is used, image quality will improve. For ALMA test images, see C011/9913-15.

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