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Herschel submillimeter continuum image the Milky Way galaxy in Vulpecula

NGC 6946 in the visible - a nearby "Grand Design" spiral galaxy

Visible image of a pair of colliding galaxies collectively called NGC 3256

Composite visible and infrared view of the colliding galaxies, NGC 4038/NGC 4039, which make up the "Antennae" system

NGC 4945 - A spiral galaxy, seen nearly edge-on, undergoing vigorous star formation activity

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With the CCAT-prime telescope, our science partnership will undertake major scientific programs to measure the motions and temperatures of galaxy clusters via the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect, to trace the appearance of the first population of star-forming galaxies through intensity mapping of their [CII] emission in the epoch of  reionization, and to probe, by mapping a variety of molecular spectral line tracers, the dynamics of the interstellar medium in a wide range of environments in the Milky Way, the Magellanic Clouds and other nearby galaxies. The CCAT-p telescope will also be a next-generation Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) observatory, offering the capability to map the sky some 10 times faster than current CMB facilities. While other CMB efforts focus on wavelengths longer than one millimeter, the availability of simultaneous submillimeter imaging offered by CCAT-p will allow precise separation of emission by foreground dust from the CMB signal.