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Orion Rocks! Pebble-size Particles May Kick Start Planet Formation

Star-forming filaments in Orion are brimming with dust grains of unusual size.

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ALMA Progress

Observations requiring C34-7 will be made after the next austral summer.

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Merging Galaxies in Distant Universe

ALMA and VLA team up with other observatories for best view ever of merging galaxies in the distant Universe.

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VLITE First Fringes

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and NRAO have successfully teamed to obtain first fringes on the Very Large Array (VLA) Low Frequency and Ionosphere Transient Experiment (VLITE).

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Radio Telescopes Settle Controversy Over Distance to Pleiades

Astronomers have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to resolve a controversy over the distance to a famous star cluster -- a controversy that posed a potential challenge to scientists' basic understanding of how stars form and evolve.

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First of ALMA’s Fleet of Front End Handling Vehicles Delivered, Compliments of NRAO

NRAO has delivered the first of ALMA's four new Front End Handling Vehicles (FEHV).

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Japan and Republic of Korea Sign Agreement on ALMA

Korea officially joins in the East Asia ALMA consortium.

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Comets Forge Molecules in Their Dusty Atmospheres

Scientists using ALMA probed the atmospheres of comets ISON and Lemmon providing important insights into how and where comets forge new chemicals, including intriguing organic compounds.

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ALMA Pinpoints Pluto to Help Guide NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft

ALMA took a detailed looks at the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon Charon to help guide NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

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Young Binary Star System May Form Planets with Weird and Wild Orbits

While surveying a series of binary stars with ALMA, astronomers uncovered a pair of misaligned planet-forming disks around the young binary star HK Tau.

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