The University of Crete awards former MPE director Gerhard Haerendel the title of Honorary Doctor of Physics. The University wishes to honour his personality, his research work as well as his educational accomplishments. In addition this honour is an acknowledgement of his contribution to the scientific development of Greece and his strong links with the University.
The MPG is organising the nationwide Max Planck Day on 14 September, which will also include activities by MPE. The Max Planck Day wants to engage all people who are curious and interested in research: on #wonachsuchstdu you can post your own questions! At the same time, you'll find questions being researched by the scientists at the Max Planck Institutes as well as new video updates every week. (Please note that the website is in German.)
The TUM is organising a special Open Day on the occasion of their 150th anniversary. On 13th Oktober 2018 from 11:00 to 18:00 more than 30 institutes and related organisations will open their doors in Garching - joined by the other campus sites of TUM. MPA will join again in 2019. So this is your chance to visit one of the other institutions this year!
Water trapped in dust grains from which the Earth formed can explain the current large amount of water on Earth. This is suggested by scientists from the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, based on calculations and simulations. The research will appear in two articles in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.
On 17 August 2017, for the first time, light – or electromagnetic radiation to be precise – has been associated with a gravitational wave signal. The GBM instrument aboard the Fermi satellite was the first to trigger on a new source at highly energetic gamma rays, which was soon confirmed by the INTEGRAL satellite. Subsequent observations by GROND later captured a fading transient at optical and near-infrared wavelengths. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial physics contributed to this exciting discovery from the start and confirmed its origin as being the merger of two neutron stars.
Ten observatories in six European countries teamed up for recent observations of a stellar occultation by the dwarf planet Haumea, which surprisingly show a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf planet. In addition, the astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and more than 50 further institutions were able to constrain the size, shape and density of Haumea,which are closer to theoretical predictions than previous estimates but still puzzling.
The next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V) will move forward with mapping the entire sky following a $16 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The grant will kickstart a ground-breaking all-sky spectroscopic survey for a next wave of discovery, anticipated to start in 2020, just after the start of the all-sky survey by the MPE’s eROSITA X-ray telescope.