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They grow up so fast: New observations show that massive disk galaxies formed exceptionally early in cosmic history

May 20, 2020
In our 13.8 billion-year-old universe, most disk galaxies like our Milky Way were thought to form gradually, reaching their large mass relatively late. But now astronomers led by Marcel Neeleman from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, using the ALMA observatory, have found a massive rotating disk galaxy, seen when the universe was only ten percent of its current age. The observation shows that some disk galaxies must have formed much more quickly. This supports earlier computer simulations that had indicated the role of a quick, "cold" mode of galaxy formation. The results have been published in the journal Nature. [more]
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Gay-Lussac-Humboldt-Prize for Thomas Henning

May 07, 2020
The Director of the Planet and Star Formation Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Thomas Henning, has received the Gay Lussac Humboldt Prize of the French Academy of Sciences. [more]
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Concepción Cárdenas Vázquez receives the MERAC Prize 2020

May 06, 2020
Concepción Cárdenas Vázquez, optical engineer at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), has been awarded the 2020 MERAC Prize by the European Astronomical Society (EAS) for the best doctoral thesis in the field of new technologies (instrumentation). She receives the award for her work "PANIC, una cámara infrarroja de gran campo para Calar Alto" (PANIC, an infrared wide-field camera for Calar Alto). [more]
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Laura Kreidberg new director at MPIA

May 05, 2020
Beginning May 15, 2020, Laura Kreidberg will be the new third director at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg. Kreidberg was most recently a Clay Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian.  She initiates and conducts world-leading research projects to characterize the atmospheres of planets around other stars. Starting this summer, she will establish and head a new department at MPIA, which will be closely linked to the existing departments at the institute. [more]
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Guido Münch (1921 – 2020)

May 04, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Guido Münch, who passed away in Pasadena, California, on April 29, 2020. Guido Münch was Director at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) between 1977 and 1989 and a Scientific Member of the Max-Planck Society. [more]
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Precise tracking of star shows how the Milky Way’s central black hole curves space in its neighborhood

April 16, 2020
Einstein’s theory of general relativity and Newton’s theory of gravitation make slightly different predictions when it comes to objects orbiting a central mass. Now a consortium of researchers, led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and including astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), has for the first time detected the so-called Schwarzschild precession, a specific general-relativistic effect that changes the orbit of a body around a central mass, for a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The effect depends in part on the curvature of space around the central mass. [more]
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Reimar Lüst - Pioneer of the MPIA passes away

April 06, 2020
Professor Reimar Lüst died on 31 March 2020 at the age of 97. He played a decisive role in the founding of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) 50 years ago [more]
 
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