ESO ALMA support astronomer Suzanna Randall, who has been selected for astronaut training. Credit: ESO/M.Zamani.
ESO ALMA support astronomer Suzanna Randall, who has been selected for astronaut training. Credit: ESO/M.Zamani.

 

ALMA Scientist at ESO Selected for Astronaut Training

Suzanna Randall, who worked at ESO as a support scientist for ALMA, is one of two people who have been selected as a trainee for a German programme to send the first female German astronaut into space. The training will take place over the next two years. More information is available from the ESO press release.

 

ALMA Cycle 6 Pre-Announcement and Additional Information

The JAO have released the Cycle-6 pre-announcement and an announcement on additional information about Cycle 6. The ALMA Cycle 6 call for proposals will commence on 20th March 2018 with a deadline of 19th April 2018. Observation of Cycle 6 will start in October 2018 and continue for 12 months, with 4000 hours of 12m time and 3000 hours of ACA time available.

Full information on key dates, the anticipated capabilities, proposal types and changes from Cycle 5 can be found in the ALMA Cycle 6 pre-announcement. Additional information useful to Cycle 6 proposals including the anticipated antenna configuration schedule, extra guidance with planning large projects and the new circular polarization capabilities can be found in a supplemental announcement.

The UK ARC Node staff are available via the ALMA Helpdesk to answer any proposal and observing related questions you may have.

 

UK ALMA Data Reduction Workshop Poll

The UK ARC Node is keen to collect the community's input on future ALMA data reduction workshops around the UK. To gauge interest and identify where people would like workshops to be held we have created a short survey, which can be found via this link. The survey should only take a few minutes, and your input will be greatly appreciated.

 

Upcoming ALMA-Related Meetings

Tracing the Flow: Galactic Environments and the Formation of Massive Stars

02-06 July 2018

Lake Windermere, UK

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Developing a comprehensive understanding of the varied and complex processes associated with the formation of massive stars requires connecting a wide range of environments and physical size scales from galactic disks down to individual massive sources. We can now map the flow of material from galactic environments through clouds to protostars by combining large scale surveys of our galactic plane with sub-arcsecond ALMA images in the millimetre and sub-millimetre. Increasingly these observations probe not only the structure and kinematics of regions but also their chemistry and magnetic fields. Wide field surveys also help to place massive star formation in the wider context of the environment of our galaxy as well as other more extreme galaxies.

Pre-registration now open. For more information please see the meeting website.