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First Light for LINC-NIRVANA Pathfinder – with Adaptive Optics!

November 30, 2013
On November 17, the LINC - NIRVANA Pathfinder instrument was successfully tested at the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona. The Pathfinder team succeeded not only in acquiring the instrument's first observation of a celestial object – its so-called "First Light" - but also in commissioning of the control loop for the adaptive optics. [more]

ALMA Probes Surroundings of Giant Black Hole

October 16, 2013
A group of astronomers that includes Eva Schinnerer from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy have used the telescope array ALMA in Chile to image the center of the active galaxy NGC1433. [more]

Three Awards for Anica Till

August 12, 2013
Due to her excellent written work, Ms. Anica Till - trainee in the MPIA administration - received three awards. [more]

In Search of the Origins of Life: Lisa Kaltenegger Receives $1 Million Award from Simons Foundation

August 01, 2013
Lisa Kaltenegger, a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and a research associate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has been named as one of the investigators of the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life. Dr. Kaltenegger is an expert on the potential habitability of exoplanets (planets orbiting stars other than the Sun) and on the chemical signatures that could allow for the detection of life on those planets. The Simons Foundation Investigator Award amounts to $1 million and will allow her to explore what the "chemical fingerprint" of an exoplanet's atmosphere could tell us about the planet's properties, including its habitability. [more]

Julian Baldauf Received the Trainee Award 2013 of the Max Planck Society

July 24, 2013
For the seventh time, the Max Planck Society has awarded the Trainee Prize for outstanding achievements in vocational training. The winner 2013 is Julian Baldauf from MPIAs precision engineering department. [more]
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