Betelgeuse as seen by ALMA at submillimetre wavelengths.  Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/E. O’Gorman/P. Kervella.
Betelgeuse as seen by ALMA at submillimetre wavelengths. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/E. O’Gorman/P. Kervella.


ALMA re-images the ring around Fomalhaut

New observations of Fomalhaut have re-imaged the dust and gas ring around Fomalhaut using ALMA.  ALMA imaged half the ring soon after it began performing science observations.  These new observations have not only mapped the entirety of the ring but have also demonstrated that the ring may originate from collisions between objects such as comets and planetesimals within the ring.  More details are provided in the press release.


Cycle 5 call for proposal ends

The ALMA Cycle 5 Call for Proposals closed on 20 April 2017 with 1712 proposals submitted, a larger number than in the previous cycle. The time allocation and science ranking will take places in late June, with PIs notified at the end of July and observations commencing at the start of October. For more information and a plot showing world wide submission distributions please see the press release.


Upcoming ALMA-related meetings

National Astronomy Meeting 2017

02-06 July 2017

University of Hull

Hull, United Kingdom


The science program for this year's National Astronomy Meeting can be found here. Conference registration is now open; abstract submission has closed.

Early registration closing 12 May

Late registration closing 23 June


47th Young European Radio Astronomers Conference (YERAC 2017)

18 - 22 September 2017

Istituto di Radioastronomia

Bologna, Italy


The Young European Radio Astronomers Conference has been held almost every year since 1968 and has been hosted by various European Radio Astronomical Institutes. The purpose of YERAC is for undergraduate, graduate and young post-doctoral students in radio astronomy from all over Europe to meet each other and present their work. "Europe" includes any country from Russia in the East to Portugal in the west as well as affiliates of the European VLBI Network, RadioNet or other current bodies.

For more information see meeting webpage. The registration deadline is 31 July 2017.


2017 European Radio Interferometry School (ERIS 2017)

16 - 20 October 2017


Dwingelo, The Netherlands


ERIS will provide a week of lectures and tutorials on how to achieve scientific results from radio interferometry. The topics covered by the lectures/tutorials will include the following:

  • Calibration and imaging of continuum, spectral line, and polarisation data.
  • Low-frequency (LOFAR domain), high-frequency (ALMA/IRAM domain), and VLBI-interferometry.
  • Extracting information from the data and interpreting the results.
  • Choosing the most suitable array and observing plan for projects.

The registration fee is 165 euro (TBC). It will cover the accommodation and half board for the 5 days of the school.

For registration please see the website for the interferometry school. Please note that places will be limited to ~80, so you are encouraged to register early.