Scientific Initiatives

Science is a cooperative venture, and large-scale project are usually tackled by more than one institute: in larger consortia or as a cooperative project between selected institutes.

MPIA is an integral part of the international astronomy landscape and takes part in a number of key initiatives:

The Heidelberg Initiative for the Origins of Life (HIFOL) seeks to understands one of the most fundamental questions for humanity: how life emerged on Earth and whether it is widespread in the Universe. HIFOL facilitates a wide range of interdisciplinary theoretical, laboratory, and observational studies in the fields of astronomy, physics, geosciences, chemistry, biology, life sciences and more. HIFOL brings together researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies, and Kirchhoff Institute for Physics.

Heidelberg Initiative for the Origins of Life

The Heidelberg Initiative for the Origins of Life (HIFOL) seeks to understands one of the most fundamental questions for humanity: how life emerged on Earth and whether it is widespread in the Universe. HIFOL facilitates a wide range of interdisciplinary theoretical, laboratory, and observational studies in the fields of astronomy, physics, geosciences, chemistry, biology, life sciences and more. HIFOL brings together researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies, and Kirchhoff Institute for Physics.
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.

PanSTARRS 1 Sky Survey

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.

Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV

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.

Collaborative Research Center 881: The Milky Way System

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.

DFG Priority Program SPP 1573: The interstellar medium

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.

International Max Planck Research School "Astronomy and Cosmic Physics"

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.

HAT-South

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.
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Formation and evolution of the Sun, other stars, and planets is one of the most intriguing topics that puzzles humanity since centuries. According to contemporary knowledge, a Sun-like star is formed by the gravitational contraction of a quiscent dense clump located inside a large molecular cloud (made primarily of molecular hydrogen).

The Flying Saucer Disk Project

Formation and evolution of the Sun, other stars, and planets is one of the most intriguing topics that puzzles humanity since centuries. According to contemporary knowledge, a Sun-like star is formed by the gravitational contraction of a quiscent dense clump located inside a large molecular cloud (made primarily of molecular hydrogen).
 
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