Excitement about ALMA

25 September 2012
Presented by Ben Valsler, Dominic Ford


ALMA prototype-antennas at the ALMA test facility.


How can we see stars as they first come into being? This month, we're looking at ALMA - the Atacama Large Millimetre Array - possibly the most complicated telescope to date, that promises to peer into star forming regions. Plus, we chat to some of the winners of the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, and find out what it takes to start taking pictures of the heavens.

In this episode

ALMA prototype-antennas at the ALMA test facility.

The Atacama Large Millimetre Array
with John Richer, Cambridge University

Radio antennas of the ITS (Initial Test Station) radio telescope in Exloo, Netherlands. ITS is a prototype station for the LOFAR (LOw Frequency ARray) radio telescope.

Building Better Detectors
with Sarah Thompson, Cambridge University

Fixed tripod mounted camera star trails - astrophotography

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012
with Marek Kukula & Olivia Johnson, Royal Observatory; Peter Lawrence, Sky at Night; Chris Warren & Thomas Read, Category winners.

Comet P1 McNaught, taken from Swifts Creek, Victoria, Australia at approx 10:10 pm.

News from the RAS
with Robert Massey, Royal Astronomical Society


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