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ALMA Radio Emissions Plot


A plot of radio emissions at numerous frequencies from the molecule ethyl nide (CH3CH2CN)

A plot of radio emissions at numerous frequencies from the molecule ethyl nide (CH3CH2CN). Blue is the plot from terrestrial lab measurements and red is the plot from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observation of a star-forming region in the constellation Orion. The ability to do this type of matching represents a major breakthrough for studying the chemistry of the universe. Plots were superimposed on a Hubble Space Telescope image of the Orion Nebula; the small box indicates location of area observed with ALMA.

ALMA is an international astronomy facility that is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. It is funded in part by the National Science Foundation. To learn more, visit the ALMA website. (Date of Image: unknown)

Credit: Fortman, et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF and NASA

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