One of the world’s biggest radio telescopes has detected the first ever newborn planets, still enveloped in the swirling disc of gas and dust that made them. The star is called HD 163296. It’s 330 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius.
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international partnership of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan, together with NRC (Canada), NSC and ASIAA (Taiwan), and KASI (Republic of Korea), in cooperation with the Republic of Chile.
ALMA -the largest astronomical project in existence- is a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed of 66 high precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile.
ALMA allows scientists to unravel longstanding and important astronomical mysteries, in search of our Cosmic Origins.