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Astronomers find a rare rocky Earth-mass planet suited to probe for life signs more

The image shows a tile with pictures of 10 Max Planck researchers who were successful in the 2022 ERC Consolidator Grant award process. They are Annalisa Pillepich, MPI for Astronomy, Philip J.W. Moll, MPI for Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Simone Kuehn, MPI for Education Research, Joshua Wilde, MPI for Demographic Research Meritxell Huch, MPI for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dora Tang, MPI for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Aljaz Godec, MPI for Multidisciplinary Natural Sciences, Stéphane Hacquard, MPI for Plant Breeding Research, Hiroshi Ito, MPI for Brain Research, and Daniel Schramek, MPI for Molecular Genetics.

This result puts Max Planck in second place in a Europe-wide comparison more

Numerical simulations of planetesimal formation reproduce key properties of asteroids, comets

With simulations that go into finer details than ever before, Brooke Polak of the University of Heidelberg and Hubert Klahr at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) have modeled a key phase in the formation of planets in our solar system. more

Astronomers identify the ancient heart of the Milky Way galaxy

A group of MPIA astronomers has managed to identify the “poor old heart of the Milky Way” – a population of stars left over from the earliest history of our home galaxy, which resides in our galaxy’s core regions. more

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Scientists find the youngest super-Jovian exoplanet yet for which they measure both mass and size more

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