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Mysterious Stellar Dust in the Early Universe

December 23, 2004
Since last year some astronomers thought they finally knew the origin of the large amount of dust surrounding the earliest quasars: It would have formed during supernova explosions of the first stellar generation after the big bang. This notion was inferred from observations of the allegedly "heavily smoking" supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. However, new observations obtained with the ISO and SPITZER infrared satellite observatories now show that this important result is no longer tenable. [more]

25 Years of Calar Alto Observatory

November 16, 2004
From the Past to the Future [more]
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Mining for Cosmic Treasures with GEMS

January 15, 2004
Largest Hubble color image tells the history of the Universe [more]

A First Look at the Dusty Ring Around a Giant Black Hole

June 27, 2003
First detection by infrared interferometry of an extragalactic object [more]

The seach for terrestrial planets orbiting around other stars

February 18, 2003
The first planet orbiting a star other than our Sun was found in 1995. With this fundamental discovery, the eternal question of the cosmic uniqueness of our life-bearing Earth was removed from the realm of pure speculation and put on a firm scientific basis. [more]

Sky Survey Unveils Star Cluster
Shredded By The Milky Way

June 03, 2002
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and Heidelberg, Germany – A team of astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) collaboration has discovered a spectacular stream of stellar debris emanating from a star cluster that is being torn apart by the Milky Way. [more]

Adaptive Optics for Large Telescopes at the MPI for Astronomy

November 06, 2001
Wolfgang-Paul prize winner (award winner), Roberto Ragazzoni, is coming to Heidelberg [more]
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