The Heidelberg Initiative for the Origins of Life brings together researchers from astrophysics, geosciences, macromolecular chemistry, statistical physics and life sciences from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics and the University of Heidelberg in order to further our understanding of the origins of life in the universe.
The PS1 Science Consortium funds the operation of the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on Mount Haleakala in Hawaii. The telescopes features the largest digital camera in the world. It makes repeated scans of the sky in order to provide time-series data of astronomical phenomena - a "movie" of the night sky. The consortium is made up of astronomers from 10 institutions from four countries, including MPIA.
MPIA is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV (SDSS), a spectroscopic survey using the Sloan Foundation 2.5m Telescope at Apache Point Observatory. Previous SDSS have revolutionized astronomy, providing quality spectroscopic data in unprecedented amounts and enabling statistical analyses that previously would have been impossible.
MPIA is part of the Collaborative Research Center 881 at the University of Heidelberg, which is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). SFB 881 examines various properties of our home galaxy to obtain a better understanding of its structure and evolution, as well as of the evolution of galaxies in general.
MPIA takes part in the German Science Foundation's SPP 1573, which is dedicated to research on the interstellar medium: the dilute mixture of charged particles, atoms, molecules and dust grains filling interstellar space.
MPIA is one of the founders of the International Max Planck Research School "Astronomy and Cosmic Physics" at the University of Heidelberg, which provides an internationally competitive graduate programs to German and international Students.
This collaboration between MPIA, Princeton University, Australian National University, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile utilizes a network of six identical, fully automated wide-field telescopes on the Southern hemisphere to search for transiting exoplanets. The telescopes are located in Namibia, Australia and Chile. [more]