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Gruber Award for Nestor Espinoza

September 24, 2018
Néstor Espinoza, Postdoc in the Planet- and Star Formation Department of the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), has been awarded The Gruber Foundation (TGF) Fellowship for 2018. He is sharing the award with Dary Alexandra Ruiz-Rodriguez of the Rochester Institute of Technology. [more]
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Paola Pinilla receives Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from the Humboldt Foundation

September 21, 2018
As one out of six international research talents, Paola Pinilla will be awarded the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in November 2018. This will enable the young scientist to set up her own research group at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg starting next year. [more]
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Halfway mark for NOEMA

September 20, 2018
Wit a ceremony on Wednesday, the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM) celebrated the successful completion of the first construction phase of the NOEMA project. The facility is now on its way to become the most powerful radio telescope for millimeter waves in the northern hemisphere. [more]
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Testing the predictions of general relativity near the Milky Way’s central black hole

July 26, 2018
For the first time, astronomers have clearly detected the effects predicted by general relativity for the orbit of a star around the central supermassive black hole of our home galaxy. The measurements took advantage of the closest approach of one particular star to the black hole in May 2018. The required high precision was provided by the GRAVITY instrument at ESO’s Very Large Telescope, which exploits the wave properties of light to allow for highly accurate relative positions of point sources. [more]
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Testing the predictions of general relativity near the Milky Way’s central black hole

July 26, 2018
For the first time, astronomers have clearly detected the effects predicted by general relativity for the orbit of a star around the central supermassive black hole of our home galaxy. The measurements took advantage of the closest approach of one particular star to the black hole in May 2018. The required high precision was provided by the GRAVITY instrument at ESO’s Very Large Telescope, which exploits the wave properties of light to allow for highly accurate relative positions of point sources. [more]
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Detecting the boiling atmosphere of the hottest known exoplanet

July 02, 2018
Astronomers have found that the atmosphere of the hottest known exoplanet, the hot Jupiter-like planet KELT-9b, is "boiling off," with the escaping gas being captured by the host star. Using the CARMENES instrument at Calar Alto Observatory, Fei Yan and Thomas Henning of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg were able to detect the escaping hydrogen atmosphere of the planet. Their observations indicate a spread-out hydrogen envelope that is being pulled towards the host star.  [more]
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Detecting the boiling atmosphere of the hottest known exoplanet

July 02, 2018
Astronomers have found that the atmosphere of the hottest known exoplanet, the hot Jupiter-like planet KELT-9b, is "boiling off," with the escaping gas being captured by the host star. Using the CARMENES instrument at Calar Alto Observatory, Fei Yan and Thomas Henning of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg were able to detect the escaping hydrogen atmosphere of the planet. Their observations indicate a spread-out hydrogen envelope that is being pulled towards the host star.  [more]
 
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