Jun 15

Sharpest View Ever of Star Formation in the Distant Universe

Source: ESO Science Release eso1522

eso1522aMontage of the SDP.81 Einstein Ring and the lensed galaxy.
Image credits: ALMA (NRAO/ESO/NAOJ)/Y. Tamura (The University
of Tokyo)/Mark Swinbank (Durham University)

ALMA’s Long Baseline Campaign has produced a spectacular image of a distant galaxy being gravitationally lensed. The image shows a magnified view of the galaxy’s star-forming regions, the likes of which have never been seen before at this level of detail in a galaxy so remote. The new observations are far sharper than those made using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and reveal star-forming clumps in the galaxy equivalent to giant versions of the Orion Nebula in the Milky Way. (read more)

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