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Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) to Participate in the »Euroscience Open Forum 2006«

July 03, 2006
The Deutsche Museum in Munich is hosting the second »Euroscience Open Forum« (ESOF) from July 15 – 19, 2006. The event is open to scientists of various disciplines, but also to the interested public as a platform for discussions and exchange of ideas. The diverse program includes lectures and exhibitions among other things. The MPIA will offer two contributions to the ESOF. [more]
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Man-made Star Shines in the Southern Sky

February 23, 2006
First Light for the VLT Laser Guide Star Facility [more]
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Top German Technology for Hubble’s Successor

December 06, 2005
Carl Zeiss and Max Planck researchers develop technology for the world’s largest space telescope [more]

"First Light" for the Large Binocular Telescope

October 26, 2005
The largest and most modern single telescope in the world has provided its first images of the heavens, and German astronomers made a significant contribution [more]
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Even 'Failed Stars' Form Planets

October 25, 2005
An international team of astronomers shows that even brown dwarfs start to form planets [more]
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First Direct Evidence Says: Young, very Low Mass Objects Are Twice as Heavy as Predicted

January 23, 2005
Although mass is the most important property of stars, it has proved very hard to measure for the lowest mass objects in the Universe. Thanks to a powerful new camera a very rare low-mass companion has finally been photographed. The discovery suggests that, due to errors in the models, astronomers have overestimated the number of young "brown dwarfs" and "free floating" extrasolar planets. [more]

Mysterious Stellar Dust in the Early Universe

December 23, 2004
Since last year some astronomers thought they finally knew the origin of the large amount of dust surrounding the earliest quasars: It would have formed during supernova explosions of the first stellar generation after the big bang. This notion was inferred from observations of the allegedly "heavily smoking" supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. However, new observations obtained with the ISO and SPITZER infrared satellite observatories now show that this important result is no longer tenable. [more]
 
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