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Fizeau Investigator Prize for Christoph Leinert

July 23, 2014
Since 2010, Commission 54 (Optical and Infrared Interferometry) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Observatoire de la Cote 'Azur (OCA), and the Mt. Wilson Institute (MWI) are awarding the Fizeau Prize for "outstanding achievement in fundamentals and implementation of optical interferometry". The Fizeau Investigator Prize 2014 is awarded to Christoph Leinert from the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) "for his considerable scientific achievements throughout his career, and specifically for his role as Principal Investigator for the MIDI instrument on the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI)." [more]

Looking in all the Right Places – The SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY Extends its Reach

July 17, 2014
Building on the past successes, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) collaboration has launched a major new program that will expand the census of the Universe into new areas. The new survey is a collaboration of more than 200 astronomers at more than 40 institutions on four continents, and incorporates telescopes in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to explore the entire sky for the first time. [more]

Christian-Doppler-Prize for Lisa Kaltenegger

June 23, 2014
On 13. June 2014 Lisa Kaltenegger from the Max-Planck-Institut for Astronomy received the Christian-Doppler-Prize oft he Salzburg government, the most important distinction for young scientists' achievements in the Natural Sciences. The prize of 12000 EURO was awarded fort her work on the characterisation of extrasolar planets with a focuss on other habitable words. [more]

The Dusty Heart of an Active Galaxy

March 26, 2014
An international research team with participation of MPIA obtained the most detailed view so far of the warm dust in the close environment of a supermassive black hole in the center of an active galaxy. The observations of the Circinus galaxy at a distance of 13 million light years show, for the first time, that the dust directly illuminated by the central engine of the active galaxy is located in two distinct components. [more]

On the Hunt for Exoplanets – SPHERE Arrives at Paranal

March 13, 2014
The search for planets outside our solar system and the related questions regarding their formation and their potentially life-friendly properties are among the most exciting topics in modern astrophysics. However, almost all of the more than 1000 exoplanets discovered since 1995 were found using indirect methods. This will soon change with SPHERE, a powerful instrument that has just arrived at ESO's Paranal Observatory in the Chilean Andes to collect direct images of Exoplanets. [more]
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