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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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A puzzle piece from stellar chemistry could change our measurements of cosmic expansion

March 05, 2020
Astronomers led by Maria Bergemann (Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy) have performed chemical measurements on stars that could markedly change the way cosmologists measure the Hubble constant and determine the amount of so-called dark energy in our universe. Using improved models of how the presence of chemical elements affects a star’s spectrum, the researchers found that so-called supernovae Type Ia have different properties than previously thought. Based on assumption about their brightness, cosmologists have used those supernovae to measure the expansion history of the universe. In light of the new results, it is now likely those assumptions will need to be revised. [more]
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