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Two Earth-like planets around one of the smallest stars, and a slim chance someone there might see Earth

June 18, 2019
An international team of astronomers has found two Earth-like planets around one of the smallest known stars known as “Teegarden’s star.” The planets, which orbit in the star’s habitable zone where liquid water is possible, are only a quarter and a third more massive than the Earth, respectively. The discovery helps complete our picture of the statistics of exoplanet prevalence, correcting implicit biases in earlier observations. Incidentally, hypothetical observers on those planets would soon be in a uniquely favorable position to detect our Earth, using the so-called transit method. The results have just been published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. [more]
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A (simulated) Universe for Everybody – IllustrisTNG releases Petabyte data set

May 14, 2019
One of the largest and most detailed simulations of the cosmos has released most of its data to the public, as described in an article that has just been published. [more]
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Thomas Henning receives ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.5 million Euros for research of young planetary systems

April 16, 2019
Thomas Henning, Director at MPIA and Head of the Planet- and Star Formation Department, has received one of the coveted ERC Advanced Grants worth 2.5 million euros. The project, entitled "From Planet-Forming Disks to Giant Planets", is the first one to systematically investigate the diverse properties of protoplanetary disks and the resulting planets and their atmospheres. [more]
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MPIA runners raise funds for a good cause

April 15, 2019
An appeal for donations in connection with the participation of 14 MPIA employees in this year's SAS half-marathon in Heidelberg achieves revenues of over EUR 2000 for Milly's Mission Against BPAN. [more]
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Exoplanet under the looking glass

March 27, 2019
New method allows precise determination of exoplanet's spectra and position [more]
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One helium droplet at a time

March 25, 2019
Simulating nature’s cosmic laboratory [more]
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Southern spectra galore: 4MOST consortium presents its facility to the astronomical community

March 06, 2019
With the publication of 13 “White papers,” the 4MOST consortium has presented its unique survey facility to the scientific community. The 4MOST spectrograph is slated to be installed on ESO’s VISTA telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile in 2022. The publications detail the instrument’s capabilities as well as the ten main survey programs that are currently under development. [more]
 
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