ALMA BABY T-Shirt
ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is one of the largest ground-based astronomy projects of the next decade and will be the major new facility for observations in the millimeter/submillimeter regime. It will enable transformational research into the physics of the cold Universe, probe the first stars and galaxies, and directly image the formation of planets. When completed, ALMA will be comprised of a giant array of fifty 12-m antennas, which can be configured to achieve baselines up to 16 km. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art receivers that cover all the atmospheric windows up to 1 THz. An additional, compact array of 7-m and 12-m antennas will greatly enhance ALMA's ability to image extended sources. ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of Europe by European Southern Obesevatory (ESO), on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which is managed by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) and on behalf of East Asia by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) provides the unified leadership and management of the construction, commissioning and operation of ALMA. ALMA began science observations in 2011 with a partial array of antennas. A section of the correlator was already being used to combine the signals from the partial array, but now the full system is complete. The correlator is ready for ALMA to begin operating with a larger number of antennas, which will increase the sensitivity and image quality of the observations. ALMA is nearing completion and will be inaugurated in March 2013, so get your gear now!! We do special orders and customization and its always free. Whether its the NASA, ESA or ESO logo on the back, we add these at no additional cost.