2021 News

September 17, 2021
First detection of the Thioxoethenylidene molecule (CCS) in a proto-planetary disk
Understanding the composition of proto-planetary disks, which are the cradles of planetary systems, remains a key step towards elucidating the mechanisms of planet formation. An international team of researchers used the NOEMA observatory to detect the CCS molecule in the disk surrounding the triple star GG Tau.
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June 22, 2021
"Galactic Center, a forty year journey" by Nobel Laureate Prof. R. Genzel - recordings now available
Prof. Reinhard Genzel honored IRAM by a visit and presented his last research results to the scientific community of Grenoble. The recordings of his scientific presentation "Galactic Center, a forty year journey" are now available for download.
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June 11, 2021
Scientific presentation: "Galactic Center, a forty year journey" by Nobel Laureate Prof. Reinhard Genzel
IRAM is proud to announce the scientific presentation "Galactic Center, a forty year journey", held by the 2020 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Prof. Reinhard Genzel. A long-lasting member of the IRAM Executive Council, Prof. Reinhard Genzel will honor the Grenoble research institute by a visit and is ready to present his last research results to the scientific community of Grenoble.
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June 8, 2021
10th IRAM 30-meter School on Millimeter Astronomy
This is the first announcement of the 10th IRAM 30-meter School on Millimeter Astronomy. Due to the special circumstances derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10th edition will be held on-line, on 15-19, 22 and 23 November. On-line registration will open shortly.
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May 25, 2021
Prebiotic molecule ethanolamine found in space
A multidisciplinary team of researchers involving astrophysicists, astrochemists and biochemists, has reported the detection of the prebiotic molecule ethanolamine in space, which could have been incorporated into the early Earth. This species forms the simplest head of phospholipids that make up the membranes of all present-day cells.
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March 25, 2021
Launch of Europe’s largest astronomy network
Two astronomy networks are coming together to form Europe’s largest ground-based astronomy collaborative network: the OPTICON-RadioNet PILOT (ORP). The ORP will provide scientists with access to a wide range of instruments, promote training for young astronomers, and open the way to new discoveries.
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March 24, 2021
Astronomers Image Magnetic Fields at the Edge of M87’s Black Hole
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has revealed today a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. The observations are key to explaining how the M87 galaxy, located 55 million light-years away, is able to launch energetic jets from its core.
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January 11, 2021
EHT collaboration honored with Royal Astronomical Society's Group Achievement Award
The EHT collaboration, including an important number of IRAM scientists, has been granted the Royal Astronomical Society's 2021 Group Achievement Award. In its citation, the RAS stated that the EHT image of the black hole shadow of M87 is "one of the finest examples of an achievement resulting from close collaboration by researchers from around the World". The image "represents an important milestone in human ingenuity and scientific endeavour, and is opening new doorways to study the physics of accretion around super-massive black holes in completely unprecedented ways.”
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