Videos for the general public

On this page you will find videos for the general public. They explain scientific topics, technical developments and provide exciting news from the MPIA.

The James Webb Telescope and the search for exoplanets

In this Deutsche Welle TV feature, Laura Kreidberg describes how she explores exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope. more

Solar and lunar eclipses

Solar and lunar eclipses

Video October 13, 2022

On 25 October 2022, a partial lunar eclipse will take place at midday, during which between 15 and 35% of the Sun will be eclipsed in the German-speaking countries. This is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the formation and course of solar… more

How do galaxies grow?

How do galaxies grow?

Video September 22, 2022

The legendary Hubble Ultra-Deep Field is the sky field for which the best observations exist in many wavelengths. Until now, it has mainly been used to study the stars in high-redshift galaxies. New observations with ALMA now make it possible to also… more

Wie groß ist das Universum?

Wie groß ist das Universum?

Video September 08, 2022

According to a widespread idea, the Universe is infinitely large. However, this model cannot really be rigorously verified. The lecture will convey the state of knowledge of astronomy on this topic and discuss in particular how large the observable… more

Gaia's latest treasure trove

Gaia's latest treasure trove

Video August 30, 2022

In recent years, Gaia has already enabled many groundbreaking results in astrophysics with its astrometric accuracy. In the third data release, which was published in June this year, 220 million spectra were added for the first time. These spectra… more

The dance of galaxies

The dance of galaxies

Video August 04, 2022

Galaxies are not solitary entities. The Milky Way is also surrounded by numerous dwarf galaxies; if one of these dwarf galaxies gets too close to the Milky Way, it will be destroyed by it through tidal forces. In addition, the Milky Way even has a… more

James Webb Telescope: The first images

Looking all the way back to the birth of the first stars and galaxies, finding exoplanets and using infrared cameras to peer into the time shortly after the Big Bang. This is what the new James Webb telescope is supposed to make possible. Now the… more

The first images from the JWST

The first images from the JWST

Video July 12, 2022

The entire astronomically interested world is waiting impatiently for the first images and scientific data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian… more

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