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Simulating nature’s cosmic laboratory, one helium droplet at a time

March 25, 2019
Two astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and from the University of Jena have found an elegant new method to measure the energy of simple chemical reactions, under similar conditions as those encountered by atoms and molecules in the early solar system. Their method promises accurate measurements of reaction energies that can be used to understand chemical reactions under space conditions – including those reactions that were responsible of creating organic chemicals as the raw material for the development of life. [more]
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Southern spectra galore: 4MOST consortium presents its facility to the astronomical community

March 06, 2019
With the publication of 13 “White papers,” the 4MOST consortium has presented its unique survey facility to the scientific community. The 4MOST spectrograph is slated to be installed on ESO’s VISTA telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile in 2022. The publications detail the instrument’s capabilities as well as the ten main survey programs that are currently under development. [more]
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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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