Planet and Star Formation Department

We study planet and star formation, utilizing observations with advanced telescopes, studies of exoplanets, and complex computer simulations. [more]
Starting with a fairly homogeneous early universe, how did galaxies form over the last 13.8 billion years? And what determines their properties - from their central black holes to their star formation rates?

Galaxies and Cosmology Department

Starting with a fairly homogeneous early universe, how did galaxies form over the last 13.8 billion years? And what determines their properties - from their central black holes to their star formation rates? [more]
Science is a collaborative effort. We take part - sometimes in leading roles - in initiatives such as the Collaborative Research Center SFB 881, the Heidelberg Origins of Life Iniative, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV, and the Pan-STARRS 1 Science Consortium.

Scientific Initiatives

Science is a collaborative effort. We take part - sometimes in leading roles - in initiatives such as the Collaborative Research Center SFB 881, the Heidelberg Origins of Life Iniative, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV, and the Pan-STARRS 1 Science Consortium. [more]
To further our research, we develop and construct instruments and collaborate to build and maintain observatories on the ground and in space.

Observatories, Instruments and New Technologies

To further our research, we develop and construct instruments and collaborate to build and maintain observatories on the ground and in space. [more]
Astronomy is fun and fascinating - not only for scientists, but also for the general public, for pupils and teachers. MPIA is highly active in the field of public outreach. With Haus der Astronomie, we have our own Center for Astronomy Education and Outreach on campus.

Astronomy for the Public

Astronomy is fun and fascinating - not only for scientists, but also for the general public, for pupils and teachers. MPIA is highly active in the field of public outreach. With Haus der Astronomie, we have our own Center for Astronomy Education and Outreach on campus. [more]
 
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