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Test images taken with the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has published the first set of test images from all of its instruments, demonstrating in an impressive manner that its 6.5 meter mirror, which consists of 18 segments that need to be aligned very precisely, is now fully aligned. The set includes images taken with the MIRI and NIRSPEC instruments, parts of which were constructed at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg (MPIA). The completion of mirror alignment marks the beginning of the instrument commissioning phase, where MIRI, NIRSPEC and two additional instruments will become fully operational. more

Hans-Walter Rix receives ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.85 million euros

Hans-Walter Rix, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg and head of the Galaxies and Cosmology Department, has been awarded one of the prestigious and highly endowed funding awards of the European Research Council – an ERC Advanced Grant. His project, entitled "Hunting Dormant Black Holes in the Galaxy", will be funded with 2.85 million euros.

From Heidelberg into outer space

The James Webb Space Telescope launches into space with equipment developed and built at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. more

IMPRS-HD+ successfully granted

IMPRS-HD+ successfully granted

December 20, 2021

A commission formed by experts from the Max Planck Society and the German Rectors' Conference has approved the application of the Heidelberg "International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics (HD+)". This means that the IMPRS-HD+ can start in roughly one year from now in January2023.

VIHREN Grant for Trifon Trifonov<br /> 

Trifon Trifonov of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) has been awarded the prestigious VIHREN science grant from the Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF). This will allow him to establish an external research group.

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