The ALMA Inauguration

As the BBC reported on Wednesday, having opened its eyes in 2011, and with 57 of its 66 antennas now ready to receive data on the Chajnantor Plateau in the Atacama desert, Chile, the Atacama Large Millimetre/Sub-millimetre Array (ALMA) was officially inaugurated on March 13.  Here’s the associated ESOcast 55: The ALMA Inauguration.

Editing: Martin Kornmesser and Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Javier Perez Barbuzano and Herbert Zodet.
Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa.
Music: John Stanford (
Footage and photos: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/NRAO/General Dynamics C4 Systems, ESO, Christoph Malin (, L. Calçada, M. Kornmesser, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.)

Also from the Eso Observatory channel on YouTube, here’s a wondrous background to the project, the 16-minute movie ALMA: In Search of our Cosmic Origins.

Directed by: Lars Lindberg Christensen.
Art Direction, Production Design: Martin Kornmesser.
Producer: Herbert Zodet.
Written by: Nicola Guttridge, Gara Mora-Carillo, Douglas Pierce-Price and Herbert Zodet.
3D Animations and Graphics: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Martin Kornmesser.
Cinematography: Herbert Zodet
Music: Toomas Erm.
Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Proof Reading: Anne Rhodes.
Visuals: ESO, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), C. Malin (, José Francisco Salgado (, B. Tafreshi (, NRAO/General Dynamics C4 Systems, NRAO/AUI/NSF, Al Wootten, Y. Beletsky, Nick Risinger (, S. Guisard (, NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team, M. Maercker et al, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Executive Producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

And, in tribute, Nicolas Bustos has uploaded another stuning time-lapse video of the night sky above ALMA.

Credit – ESO. Sequences: ESO/C. Malin (, ESO/José Francisco Salgado (, ESO/B. Tafreshi (, ESO/S. Guisard ( Edition: Nicolas Bustos (  Score: Lakes of Russia/Watch the Silhouette Fade (2008) (