#WAWUA – New episodes from ALMA’s animated series

Can you imagine learning about the mysteries of the Universe through attractive animations?

With #WAWUA (Why Astronomers Want to Use ALMA) it is possible! In short episodes, which last two minutes each, this animated series explains how ALMA uses 66 antennas as though they were one single antenna, how it sees the invisible and captures the presence of complex molecules in far away interstellar clouds to discover our cosmic origins in the most remote corners of the Cosmos.

Six new episodes join this series created by astronomers and workers from our observatory. These new animations explain gravitational lenses, how we measure the distance of distant objects, the formation of planetary systems, the first image of a black hole and collaboration as a global challenge, among other topics.

Season 2

Episode XI

Episode X

Episode IX

Episode VIII

Episode VII

Episode VI


Season 1

Episode V

Episode IV

Episode III

Episode II

Episode I


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These drawings by María Côrrea-Mendes are part of the series storyboards, which help the production team imagine the final product before making it. María created these during her internship at ALMA as part of her masters program in scientific outreach at the Universidad Nova in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: María Corrêa-Mendes et al. – ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).