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May 27, 2019
9th IRAM 30-meter Summer School - register now!
Register now for the 9th IRAM 30-meter Summer School on Millimeter Astronomy that will take place in September, 6-13 in the ski resort of Pradollano, in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, at only 15 minutes driving distance from the IRAM 30-meter telescope.
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May 20, 2019
Filaments around the Horsehead Nebula are still too young to form stars
An extensive observational survey of the Orion B molecular cloud shows why so few stars are forming in its dense gaseous filaments, despite the fact that the cloud shares similarities with other star forming regions.
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May 2, 2019
Summer 2019 ratings are now online
The IRAM program committee convened in Granada on April 24 and 25 to evaluate the proposals submitted for the summer 2019 scheduling period. The discussions were organized in 2 panels which were chaired by Nathalie Brouillet (Observatoire de Bordeaux, France) and Antonio Usero (OAN, Spain). The authors of each proposal will be informed by letter which will include comments issued by the committee if there are any. As usual, the proposals were classified A (accepted), B (backup), and C (rejected).
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10 avril, 2019
La toute première image d'un trou noir
La toute première image d’un trou noir a été obtenue avec l’Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), un réseau de huit radiotélescopes sur 4 continents différents, conçu à cet effet et qui inclut le télescope de 30-mètres de l'IRAM. Cette image dévoile l’ombre du trou noir supermassif situé au cœur de la galaxie M87.
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April 10, 2019
First-ever picture of a black hole
The first ever image of a black hole has been obtained with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a dedicated array of eight radio-antennas over four continents, which includes the IRAM 30-meter telescope. This image reveals the shadow of the supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy.
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10. April 2019
Das erste Bild eines schwarzen Lochs
Das allererste Bild eines Schwarzen Lochs ist mit dem Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) aufgenommen worden. EHT ist ein zu diesem Zweck gegründeter Verbund aus 8 Radioteleskopen auf 4 verschiedenen Kontinenten, zu dem auch das IRAM 30-Meter-Teleskop gehört. Dieses Bild zeigt den Schatten des supermassiven Schwarzen Lochs im Zentrum der Galaxie M87.
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March 21, 2019
3D rendering of the environment of a red supergiant star
An international team of astronomers led by Dr. Miguel Montargès from KU Leuven has succeeded in reconstructing the 3D geometry of the environment surrounding the red supergiant star μ Cep. The material expelled by the star during its late evolutionary stage provides the building blocks for future planetary and star forming systems. The rate at which the material is expelled is key to understand the further evolution of the star to its next stage, a supernova.
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March 11, 2019
9th IRAM 30-meter Summerschool
This is the first announcement of the 9th IRAM 30-meter Summer School on Millimeter Astronomy that will take place in September, 6-13 in the ski resort of Pradollano, in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, at only 15 minutes driving distance from the IRAM 30-meter telescope.
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07, February 2019
IRAM Call for Proposals - Summer 2019
We want to bring to your attention that a new Call for Proposals for IRAM telescopes is now available: A detailed description of the observing capabilities of the 30m telescope and the current status of the NOEMA interferometer are given in two separate documents.
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January 21, 2019
Lifting the veil on the black hole at the heart of our Galaxy
With a worldwide array of telescopes that includes the IRAM 30-meter telescope, astronomers have found that the emission from the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* at the center of our Galaxy comes from a smaller region than previously thought. This may indicate that a radio jet from Sagittarius A* is pointed almost toward us...
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December 3, 2018
The Emerald: a jewel to understand the evolution of early massive galaxies
Using NOEMA and the IRAM 30-meter telescope, an international team of astronomers just witnessed how the sites of the most intense star formation in the early Universe communicate with their surroundings through rapid gas exchange. Their findings offer unprecedented insights into the most rapid evolutionary phase of massive galaxies, about 11 billion years ago...
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29, October 2018
Winter 2018 ratings are now online
The IRAM program committee convened in Grenoble on October 16 and 17 to evaluate the proposals submitted for the winter 2018 scheduling period. The discussions were organized in 2 panels which were chaired by Nathalie Brouillet (Observatoire de Bordeaux, France) and Antonio Usero (OAN, Spain). The authors of each proposal will be informed by letter which will include comments issued by the committee if there are any. As usual, the proposals were classified A (accepted), B (backup), and C (rejected).
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September 19, 2018
Halfway mark for NOEMA
IRAM and its partner institutes celebrate the succesful completion of NOEMA phase 1. Four years after the inauguration of the first NOEMA antenna, the array counts currently 10 antennas and has provided first groud-breaking scientific results...
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August 28,2018
NOEMA observatory - virtual tour now online
Discover the most powerful millimeter radiotelescope of the Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy panoramic views of NOEMA and its antennas and immerse in daily operation of the observatory at an altitude of 2550 meter above sea level.
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August 7, 2018
First detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space
An international team of astronomers, based in the US, Poland, Germany, Australia and France has made the first clear detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space: the isotopologue of aluminum monofluoride, 26AlF. Recent data – obtained with NOEMA, ALMA, IRAM 30m and APEX – suggest that this radioactive molecule was ejected into space by the collision of two stars, an extremely rare cosmic event that was witnessed on Earth as a nova, in the year 1670.
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04, May 2018
Summer 2018 ratings are now on line
The IRAM program committee convened in Granada on April 24 and 25 to evaluate the proposals submitted for the summer 2018 scheduling period. The discussions were organized in 2 panels which were chaired by Hendrik Linz (MPIA Heidelberg) and Richard Davies (MPE, Garching). The authors of each proposal will be informed shortly by email, including the comments issued by the committee. As usual, the proposals were classified A (accepted), B (backup), and C (rejected).
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March 12, 2018
Multiple fibers in the heart of the Orion star-forming region
A unique combination of ALMA and IRAM 30m observations reveals the internal gas structure in Orion with unprecedented detail. The new data show that the gaseous material in this star cradle is highly organized forming a wispy network of filamentary structures prior the formation of stellar embryos.
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March 12, 2018
10th IRAM millimeter interferometry school
The 10th IRAM millimeter interferometry school will be held October 1st - 05th 2018 at the IRAM headquarters (Grenoble, France). It is intended for students, post-docs and scientists who want to acquire a good knowledge of interferometry and data reduction techniques at millimeter wavelengths, with a special emphasis on the NOEMA interferometer and its new capabilities.
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February 15, 2018
IRAM Call for Proposals - Summer 2018
The new call for proposals for the summer 2018 is available. A detailed description of the observing capabilities of the 30m telescope and the current status of the NOEMA interferometer are given...
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December 21, 2017
Concours CNAP 2018
Deux Service Nationaux d'Observation en soutien à l'IRAM sont labélisés par l'INSU: "IRAM/NOEMA" et "ALMA Regional Center".
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December 8, 2017
IRAM and two Chinese partner institutions have signed a Scientific Cooperation Agreement in the framework of the NOEMA project
IRAM, the Institute for Radio Astronomy in the Millimeter Range (Grenoble, France) has signed two cooperation agreements with the University of Nanjing (China) and the Purple Mountain Observatory (Chinese Academy of Sciences). The primary goal of these agreements is to strengthen cooperation in the Millimeter Astronomy, and in particular in the framework of NOEMA...
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December 6, 2017
The most distant black hole in the cosmos
Astronomers have discovered the most distant quasar known, which is so far from us that its light has taken more than 13 billion years to reach us. We see this quasar as it was a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang, and its light carries valuable information about the early history of the universe...
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November 30, 2017
IRAM closes in on NOEMA's full potential: PolyFiX and the Nine Antenna Array
We are very pleased to announce the successful implementation of the wideband high-performance correlator PolyFiX in concert with the nine antenna array. The commissioning of PolyFIX represents the next crucial milestone in the quest for ever higher sensitivity. The very first observations of a line survey at high-redshift in the 3mm-band are given below as a foretaste of NOEMA's full potential that is now within grasp.
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25, October 2017
Winter 2017/2018 ratings are now online
The IRAM program committee convened in Grenoble on October 17 and 18 to evaluate the proposals submitted for the winter 2017/2018 scheduling period. The discussions were organized in 2 panels which were chaired by Hendrik Linz (MPIA, Heidelberg) and Ric Davies (MPE, Garching). The authors of each proposal will be informed shortly by email, including the comments issued by the committee. As usual, the proposals were classified A (accepted), B (backup), and C (rejected).
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September 19, 2017
MEMS & IMAGING Summit 2017
In the framework of the LabEx project FOCUS (Focal Plane Array for Universe Sensing), IRAM will participate to the MEMS & IMAGING Summit 2017 at MINATEC in Grenoble, from September 20 to 22. FOCUS is a French research project...
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August 04, 2017
IRAM Call for Proposals - Winter 2017/2018
The new call for proposals for the winter 2017/2018 is available. A detailed description of the observing capabilities of the 30m telescope and the current status of the NOEMA interferometer are given...
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June 20, 2017
NOEMA continues array upgrade
NOEMA continues its successful array upgrade with the implementation of the 9th antenna this spring. Together with the installation of the new NOEMA wide band receivers in all existing 9 antennas, the array is ready for the installation and commissioning of the new NOEMA correlator Polyfix foreseen for the end of the summer...
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May 5, 2017
Summer 2017 ratings are now online
The IRAM program committee convened in Granada on April 25 and 26 to evaluate the proposals submitted for the summer 2017 scheduling period. The discussions were organized in 2 panels which were chaired by Javier Goicoechea (ICMM-CSIC, Madrid) and Ric Davies (MPE, Garching). The authors of each proposal will be informed shortly by email, including the comments issued by the committee.
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March 31, 2017
Imaging the black hole at the center of our Galaxy
An international team of astronomers will join in April and try for the first time in the history of astronomy, to capture an image of the center of our galaxy, where a giant black hole lies. This worldwide project is called Event Horizon Telescope (EHT); it combines telescopes across four continents from Europe to the South Pole, through Chile and Hawaii. The IRAM 30-meter telescope is one of them...
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