Every two years, the institute actively participates in the Open House event on the Garching campus.
Our last open day took place on Saturday 21 October 2017. As an exception, however, MPE will not hold the next open day until 2020.
On Saturday, 21 October 2017 the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) opened its doors for visitors from 11:00 to 18:00. Everybody was cordially invited to get to know our work and staff during the Open Day. We presented our research and the instruments and methods we use to study the physics of the universe.
We offered in particular
- an exhibition of research topics and projects from our different research groups; astrophysicists were available for students and curious visitors to talk about astronomy and discuss recent results;
- hourly talks about research-topics at MPE, given by senior scientists
- a special programme for kids
In order to understand the physics of the universe, we carry out experiments above the Earth’s atmosphere using satellites and instruments, which we often develop ourselves at MPE. Moreover, we use ground-based telescopes such as the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and complement the observations with experiments in the lab. In this way we constantly expand our knowledge about the universe. Research topics range from physics and chemistry of stars and exotic objects like neutron stars and black holes to near and remote galaxies und cosmology.