Science Highlight




Cycle 1 Update and Transfer to Cycle 2

Status report available on Cycle 1 science observations and Transfer of Cycle 1 projects to Cycle 2


ALMA Early Science Cycle 1 observations started in January 2013. The end of Cycle 1, initially set to October 2013, was postponed to May 2014, mainly due to a re-prioritization of the commissioning activities being performed in parallel to PI observations (see previous news items on Cycle 1 Status Update and Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 Timelines). However, due to further delays including a worker’s strike, it is possible that only slightly more than half of Cycle 1 Highest Priority observations may be completed by the end of the cycle. Consequently, and to not further delay the start of Cycle 2, PIs of High Priority Cycle 1 projects will be contacted via the ALMA helpdesk and offered the opportunity to designate their projects as eligible for transfer into Cycle 2 if they remain uncompleted at the end of Cycle 1. A detailed report summarizing the status of Cycle 1 Early Science observations including events over the past few months, observing progress, an assessment showing the completion likelihood of Cycle 1 Highest Priority projects by Band, LST and requested angular resolution, and an announcement for a new plan to transfer uncompleted Cycle 1 projects into Cycle 2 is available here.