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Conny Aerts External Scientifc Member of MPIA

February 01, 2019
Professor Conny Aerts, an outstanding scientist, has been appointed as External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg. She is currently Director of the Institute of Astronomy at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Leuven and Head of the Astroseismology Department at Radbound University Nijmegen. [more]
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As clouds fall apart, a new star is born

January 24, 2019
New observations reveal the physics behind the formation of a massive star cluster [more]
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Patzer Prize Award 2018

December 04, 2018
On November 30, 2018, the solemn ceremony of the Ernst-Patzer Prize for the promotion of young scientists was held in the auditorium of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA). This year, the awards were given to Michael Hanke (ARI/ZAH), Miriam Keppler (MPIA) und Mattia Sormani(ZAH/ITA). [more]
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A Cold Super-Earth in our Neighbourhood

November 14, 2018
An international group of astronomers, involving the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, has succeeded in detecting a planet around Barnard's star, which is only six lightyears away. The planet has just over three times the mass of Earth and is slightly colder than Saturn. The discovery was made by measuring the periodic change in the radial velocity of the parent star. The spectrograph CARMENES, developed to a large part by the MPIA, played an important role in this discovery. [more]

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy mourns the loss of Karlheinz Meier

October 29, 2018
The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) is mourning the passing of its long-time chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier, who died unexpectedly on 24 October. [more]
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MPG Trainee Award for Tina Brill

October 18, 2018
Tina Brill, a former trainee in the administration of the MPIA, has been awarded the Trainee Prize of the Max Planck Society (MPG) in 2018. [more]
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Bringing the building blocks of life down to Earth, from space

October 02, 2018
Astronomers from McMaster University and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy have completed calculations that lead to a consistent scenario for the emergence of life on Earth, based on astronomical, geological, chemical and biological models. In this scenario, life forms a mere few hundred million years after Earth’s surface was cool enough for liquid water; the essential building blocks for life were formed in space during the formation of the solar system, and delivered to warm little ponds on Earth by meteorites. The new results have been published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences. [more]
 
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