An ALMA image of HCN emission from the protoplanetary disk surrounding HD 163296.  Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/D. Berry (NRAO), K. Oberg et al (MAPS).
An ALMA image of HCN emission from the protoplanetary disk surrounding HD 163296. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/D. Berry (NRAO), K. Oberg et al (MAPS).


ALMA Cycle 9 Pre-Announcement


ALMA has now published a pre-announcement with information about ALMA Cycle 9. The key dates for Cycle 9 have been set to the following schedule:

24 March 2022 - Opening of proposal submissions
21 April 2022 - Proposal submission deadline
August 2022 – Announcement of proposal review results
01 October 2022 – Start of Cycle 9

Additionally, ALMA will have new capabilities permitting it to perform the following observations:

  • Solar Total Power regional mapping scans in Bands 3, 5, 6, and 7
  • VLBI continuum observations in Band 7
  • VLBI spectral line observations in Band 3
  • New high-frequency long-baseline observations in Bands 8, 9, and 10

More information on Cycle 9 is available from the pre-announcement.


Jupyter Notebooks with ALMA Science Archive Search Query Examples


The EU ALMA Regional Centre has recently developed and released a series of Jupyter notebooks that give step-by-step instructions on how to query the ALMA Archive using Python-based scripts. Most of the focus is on using PyVO, which is the main Python package supported by ALMA for querying the archive, although additional examples based on astroquery are also featured. The scripts include examples of how to search the archive for data from one or more sources, for data associated with a proposal or publication, or for data matching science keyword, spatial resolution, frequency, or sensitivity criteria.

The notebooks and instructions on using them are accessible from this link.


MAYA: Meeting of ALMA Young Astronomers

02-04 March 2022
Online Meeting

This meeting, organized by the European ALMA Regional Centre Network, will be the first in a series of events aimed at undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and young postdocs working with ALMA. The goals of the workshop are not only to disseminate new ALMA research results but also to encourage young researchers to network with other people, including staff in the EU ARC, and to foster new collaborations and new research projects.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January. The registration form can be accessed through the meeting website.