Radiotelescope ALMA ceased operations due to coronavirus

The leadership of the European southern Observatory has decided to completely stop the operation of the system of radio telescopes ALMA and gradually to discontinue all studies carried out on other telescopes, located in Chile. This is due to minimizing the number of field staff due to pandemic coronavirus, reported on the website of the Observatory.

The spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2 have seriously affected the program for the study of the Solar system and various astronomical observatories. Because of the pandemic, NASA has temporarily suspended the preparations for the launch of the space telescope “James Webb” and work on the SLS rocket and the European space Agency have suspended research work of spacecraft “Mars-Express”, ExoMars, Solar Orbiter and Cluster II. In addition, recently was stopped for gravitational-wave observatories LIGO and Virgo and until 30 April will not observe the telescope Subaru in Hawaii.

The pandemic has affected and is located in Chile by the European southern Observatory is one of the most important ground-based observatories. Previously cancelled all public events until the end of April 2020, and imposed restrictions on employees ‘ business trips. Now, the Observatory has decided to gradually cease all studies carried out on the telescopes of the observatories of Paranal, La Silla and APEX, and to minimize the number of personnel serving them. In addition, the heads of the National radio astronomy Observatory and European southern Observatory decided to stop indefinitely the operation of the radio telescope ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array), which is on of the chajnantor plateau.

Earlier we talked about how astronomers using ALMA aboutwas narazili near the protostar monoxide aluminum, considered a cold gas disk of the black hole at the center of the milky Way and saw the famous microquasar jets of SS 433.

Alexander Voytyuk

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