2019 has been a spectacular year of discovery for all of astronomy, and radio astronomy, in particular. The public got to see the first image of a black hole in April (which may be akin to the 1960s generation watching the Moon landing on television). The technical feat involved in aggregating this amount of radio data (insert number) amongst eight observatories[IN1] (including ALMA), spread out over the entire Earth, is, in itself, worthy of an exponential wow.
Astronomers using ALMA Observatory released more than twenty high-resolution images of emerging solar systems. And billions and billions of tons of ordinary table salt (NaCl) were found orbiting a young star. The countdown continues over the next few days![IN2] Stay tuned.
What makes this a great top ten list?
It was difficult to narrow the list down to just ten discoveries. So, we queried NRAO’s astronomers, and then we asked our favorite “Bad Astronomer,” Phil Plait, to weigh in on his top ten 2019 ALMA Observatory discoveries. You can read more about his favorite ones here:
10 – ALMA Top 10: Inside Jupiter’s Storms
09 – ALMA Top 10: Planetary Rings of Uranus ‘Glow’ in Cold Light