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MPI for Astronomy Employee's Children join the "Glückskinder" in September

July 01, 2013
The MPIA has expanded its existing services for improving ways to reconcile career, academia and family. As of September 2013, six further crèche places will be available to the institute in the "Glückskinder" group. The "Glückskinderwelt" in Heidelberg is centrally located and easy to reach, offers extremely flexible opening hours and uses the latest educational methods. [more]

Hubert Klahr is the 2013 Russell Severance Springer Professor in Berkeley

June 03, 2013
Professor H. Hubertus Klahr was nominated by the Mechanical Engineering faculty of the University of California at Berkeley as the Distinguished Russell Severance Springer Professor for 2013. Klahr, who is an expert in the theory of planet formation, will visit Berkeley in September 2013 to present a course of four to six lectures to Berkeley student and hold a Department Colloquium. [more]

Reimar Lüst Fellowship for Christoph Mordasini

May 27, 2013
Christoph Mordasini is Reimar Lüst Fellow 2013 of the Max Planck Society. The junior scientist, who works at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, will use the two-year fellowship to continue his research on the statistical properties of planets around other stars (exoplanets). [more]

Bringing the Telescope Jitters under Control: A Unique Service at the LBT

April 12, 2013
Large mechanical structures such as the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mt. Graham in Arizona are susceptible to vibrations. As the telescope is moved, but also as it is influenced by wind, the structure begins to oscillate slightly. Yet even very slight vibrations can jeopardize one of the LBT's key objectives: to combine the two 8.4m primary mirrors on the LBT mount to act like a single, much larger telescope. In this mode, achieved by what is called interferometry, the LBT could discern details otherwise accessible only to a telescope with a giant 23 meter mirror. Structural vibrations can all but spoil the interferometric combination, severely limiting the achievable resolution, and leading to a substantial loss of detail. [more]

Blazing the Trail for a Binocular Telescope: Pathfinder Arrives at Mt. Graham

February 26, 2013
The mere fact that the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona features two 8,4 meter diameter mirrors on a single mount is impressive enough. But this telescope is designed to be so much more: With the help of the LINC-NIRVANA instrument currently being assembled at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), the two mirrors will be linked to act like a single, much larger telescope. The resulting "interferometer" will be able to image details that would otherwise only be accessible with a (single) telescope with a 23-meter mirror. [more]
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