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The cosmic commute towards star and planet formation

July 06, 2020
Interconnected gas flows reveal how star-forming gas is assembled in galaxies [more]
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Betelgeuse – a giant with blemishes

June 29, 2020
Gigantic star spots are probably the reason for the recent drop in brightness of the red giant star [more]
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Otto-Hahn-Medal for Anna-Christina Eilers

June 19, 2020
Anna-Christina Eilers has been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal by the Max Planck Society (MPG). With this prize, the MPG honors her research in the fields of Quasars, the intergalactic medium and the Milky Way system. [more]
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Nadine Neumayer heads new Lise Meitner Group at MPIA

June 16, 2020
Nadine Neumayer was appointed Lise Meitner Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg as part of the Lise Meitner Excellence Program of the Max Planck Society (MPG). Most recently, she already headed a Max Planck Research Group in Hans-Walter Rix's ‘Galaxies and Cosmology’ Department at MPIA. Nadine Neumayer initiates and leads research projects that investigate how supermassive black holes are formed and what role they play in the evolution of galaxies. [more]
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From dust to, possibly, life: New experiments show complex astrochemistry on thin ice covering dust grains

June 05, 2020
Astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) and the University of Jena have obtained a clearer view of nature's tiny deep-space laboratories: tiny dust grains covered with ice. Instead of regular shapes covered thickly in ice, such grains appear to be fluffy networks of dust, with thin ice layers. In particular, that means the dust grains have considerably larger surfaces, which is where most of the chemical reactions take place. Hence, the new structure has fundamental consequences for astronomers' view of organic chemistry in space – and thus for the genesis of prebiotic molecules that could have played an important role for the origin of life on Earth. [more]
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METIS Instrument Passes Design Milestone

June 05, 2020
MPIA contributes significantly to its success [more]
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They grow up so fast: New observations show that massive disk galaxies formed exceptionally early in cosmic history

May 20, 2020
In our 13.8 billion-year-old universe, most disk galaxies like our Milky Way were thought to form gradually, reaching their large mass relatively late. But now astronomers led by Marcel Neeleman from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, using the ALMA observatory, have found a massive rotating disk galaxy, seen when the universe was only ten percent of its current age. The observation shows that some disk galaxies must have formed much more quickly. This supports earlier computer simulations that had indicated the role of a quick, "cold" mode of galaxy formation. The results have been published in the journal Nature. [more]
 
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