Major surveys with MPIA involvement

Joint endeavours

The Pan-STARRS1 Survey
Pan-STARRS1 (the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System 1) is an optical and near infrared survey that covers the entire sky north of declination −30°, including the galactic plane. more

Planet and Star Formation Department

SEEDS - Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru

SEEDS - Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru

The observational data for this survey obtained using the HiCIAO high-contrast imaging instrument and the IRCS infrared camera at the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The SEEDS survey is led by principal investigator Dr. Motohide Tamura (NAOJ). MPIA Co-PI: Thomas Henning
LEECH - The LBTI Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt

LEECH - The LBTI Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt

LEECH is a ~100 night exoplanet imaging survey that uses the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) and the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) to search for exoplanets around nearby stars. LEECH uses mid-infrared light, where cool, low-mass planets emit most of their light, and adaptive optics performance is superb.
HAT-South is a collaboration among the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Princeton University, the Australian National University, and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. It consists of a network of six identical, fully automated wide field telescopes, located at three sites in the Southern hemisphere. more
THOR (The HI/OH/Recombination line survey of the Milky Way) is a large program at the VLA to study cloud formation, HI to H2 conversion and feedback processes. This survey of the northern part of the Milky Way (90 square degrees), at a spatial resolution of 15''-20'', observes the atomic, molecular and ionized gas in tracers of HI, OH, radio recombination lines and the cm continuum emission. PI: Henrik Beuther more
The large PdBI program CORE addresses the "Fragmentation and disk formation during high-mass star formation''. For the first time, a northern hemisphere sample will be studied at the highest spatial resolution (0.2-0.3'') in (sub)mm continuum and line emission to investigate the fragmentation processes, disk formation, infall and accretion rates as well as the chemical evolution during the (high-mass) star formation processes. PI: Henrik Beuther more

Galaxies and Cosmology Department

A fibre-fed spectroscopic survey facility on the VISTA telescope. The facility will simultaneously obtain spectra of ~2400 objects distributed over the field-of-view of 4 square degrees. Maria Bergemann co-leads the 4MOST High-Resolution survey of the Galactic Disc and Bulge, which aims to obtain high-resolution spectra for over 2 million stars to understand the assembly history and structure of the Galaxy. Contact: Maria Bergemann more
A3COSMOS is a joint project between the astronomical research groups of Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, Universität Bonn (AIfA group) and Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA group) for the full exploration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations toward millions of galaxies in the COSMOS two square degree sky. MPIA contact: Eva Schinnerer
The ALMA Spectroscopic Survey in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field is a survey of gas and dust in distant galaxies. It focuses on one of the best-studied region of the sky, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, and capitalizes on the unparalleled sensitivity of the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) in order to unveil the properties of the star-forming medium throughout the history of the Universe.  PI: Fabian Walter more
Galactic Archaeology with Hermes (Galah) is a high-resolution optical stellar survey that will observe up to 1 million spectra. Contact: Karin Lind more
The Gaia-ESO Survey is a high resolution spectroscopic survey targeting 100,000 stars to provide complementary stellar parameters and abundances to the astrometric measurements of the Gaia Mission. Contact: Karin Lind more
The HERA CO-Line Extragalactic Survey (HERACLES) is a Large Program that used the IRAM 30-m telescope to map CO emission from 48 nearby galaxies. PIs: Adam Leroy and Fabian Walter more


The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer is an 11.25m multi-object spectroscopic facility, designed to replace the CFHT in Hawaii. It will be capable of observing up to 4,000 astronomical objects at once with a spectral resolution range spanning 3,000 to 40,000. Maria Bergemann co-leads the Science Workgroup on Exoplanets and Stellar Physics. Contact: Maria Bergemann more
PAWS - PdBI Arcsecond Whirlpool Survey
An IRAM large program to map the molecular gas in the central ~9 kpc of the nearby grand-design spiral galaxy M51 (the Whirlpool) in its CO(1-0) line emission at the scale of Giant Molecular Clouds using the 30m telescope and the Plateau de Bure interferometer. PI: Eva Schinnerer more
PHANGS - Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby Galaxies
The collaboration aims to understand the interplay of the small-scale physics of gas and star formation with galactic structure and galaxy evolution. Observations of nearby galaxies will be utilized to understand how physics at or near the “cloud” scale are affected by galaxy-scale conditions, how they affect still smaller scale processes, and how these influence the evolution of whole galaxies. Lead: Eva Schinnerer more
PLATO (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars) is the ESA M3 mission designed to obtain high-precision photometry of stars from space. One of the goals is planet detection and characterisation, the other asteroseismology and characterisation of interior structure for hundreds of thousands of stars. Maria Bergemann is leading the Work Package Fundamental Stellar Parameters. Her group is developing the pipeline to determine chemical composition, radii, luminosities, and other surface parameters of PLATO stars. Contact: Maria Bergemann more
"The HI Nearby Galaxy Survey" has mapped the emission of the HI 21cm line in a sample of nearby galaxies using the NRAO Very Large Array. PI: Fabian Walter more


WEAVE is a multi-object survey spectrograph on the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope on La Palma. It will take optical spectra of up to 1000 targets over a two-degree field of view in a single exposure  to carry out integral-field spectroscopy. Maria Bergemann is a full member in the WEAVE consortium. Contact: Maria Bergemann

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