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Sussex astronomers observe the deepest view of the Universe

ALMA deep view of part of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Dr Stephen Wilkins

Sussex astronomers - working with an international team - have observed the Hubble Ultra Deep Field - our deepest view of the Universe.

Senior Lecturers in Physics and Astronomy, Dr Mark Sargent and Dr Stephen Wilkins, have been using a revolutionary new telescope, the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA), to measure the light which is missed by the Hubble Space Telescope and thereby gain a full picture of the galaxies.

The ALMA observations are significantly deeper and sharper than anything seen before.

Dr Wilkins said: “These early results have really demonstrated the power of the revolutionary ALMA observatory. I’m really looking forward to getting more observations and building a clearer picture of the obscured Universe.”

The results will be published in a series of papers appearing in the Astrophysical Journal and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and are also among results being presented this week at the Half a Decade of ALMA conference in Palm Springs, USA.

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By: Julia Harris
Last updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2016