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<p>For more than half a year, since May 2013, parents with young children benefit from a new service at MPE: the Institute now offers a parents office which provides a laptop workplace for parents, and toys as well as a bed and a changing table for children. The parents office is open to all MPE employees and IMPRS students with children, who need the room once in a while, e.g. on a day when their usual childcare is unavailable. It is located next to the print shop, in room 2C7.</p>

Parents’ Office at MPE

December 19, 2013

For more than half a year, since May 2013, parents with young children benefit from a new service at MPE: the Institute now offers a parents office which provides a laptop workplace for parents, and toys as well as a bed and a changing table for children. The parents office is open to all MPE employees and IMPRS students with children, who need the room once in a while, e.g. on a day when their usual childcare is unavailable. It is located next to the print shop, in room 2C7.

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MPE astronomers have used ESO's HARPS planet hunter in Chile, along with other telescopes around the world, to discover three planets orbiting stars in the cluster Messier 67. Although more than one thousand planets outside the Solar System are now confirmed, only a handful have been found in star clusters.

First Planet Found Around Solar Twin in Star Cluster

January 15, 2014

MPE astronomers have used ESO's HARPS planet hunter in Chile, along with other telescopes around the world, to discover three planets orbiting stars in the cluster Messier 67. Although more than one thousand planets outside the Solar System are now confirmed, only a handful have been found in star clusters. [more]
<p>At the January AAS meeting, BOSS announced that they have measured the distance to galaxies more than six billion light years away to an accuracy of one percent. Together with information on the rate at which the Universe was expanding, these measurements allow MPE scientists to place powerful constraints on the properties of the mysterious Dark Energy. </p>

One-Percent Measure of the Universe

January 08, 2014

At the January AAS meeting, BOSS announced that they have measured the distance to galaxies more than six billion light years away to an accuracy of one percent. Together with information on the rate at which the Universe was expanding, these measurements allow MPE scientists to place powerful constraints on the properties of the mysterious Dark Energy.

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On 5 November 2013 the ARGOS laser system has been successfully tested on the sky for the first time. From behind the secondary mirrors of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), a bundle of laser beams was propagated into the night skies above Arizona.

First Laser Beacons with ARGOS

November 19, 2013

On 5 November 2013 the ARGOS laser system has been successfully tested on the sky for the first time. From behind the secondary mirrors of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), a bundle of laser beams was propagated into the night skies above Arizona. [more]
<p>The last of the eight mirror modules for the eROSITA X-ray telescope was completed on Friday, 8 November 2013. The MPE leads the development and construction of the entire telescope in an international cooperation.</p>

eROSITA mirrors are done!

November 13, 2013

The last of the eight mirror modules for the eROSITA X-ray telescope was completed on Friday, 8 November 2013. The MPE leads the development and construction of the entire telescope in an international cooperation.

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<p>For seven years it delivered outstanding results for science and technology on the International Space Station, now the successful plasma crystal laboratory PK-3 Plus entered the Earth's atmosphere beginning of November and burned up - and produced its last plasma, a hot one. In June the operational phase of PK-3 Plus ended with a last series of experiments and with a spectacular finish.</p>

Dramatic end of plasma crystal experiment

November 04, 2013

For seven years it delivered outstanding results for science and technology on the International Space Station, now the successful plasma crystal laboratory PK-3 Plus entered the Earth's atmosphere beginning of November and burned up - and produced its last plasma, a hot one. In June the operational phase of PK-3 Plus ended with a last series of experiments and with a spectacular finish.

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<p class="Default">Unusual structures have been found in the central region of the Coma cluster. Observations with the X-ray satellites Chandra and XMM-Newton revealed remarkably long arms that tell astronomers about the collisions between Coma and other galaxy clusters over the last billion years.<br /><br /></p>

Long arms reach out of giant cluster

September 20, 2013

Unusual structures have been found in the central region of the Coma cluster. Observations with the X-ray satellites Chandra and XMM-Newton revealed remarkably long arms that tell astronomers about the collisions between Coma and other galaxy clusters over the last billion years.

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<p>Scientists at the MPE have produced the first detailed three-dimensional map of the stars that form the inner regions of our Milky Way, using publicly available VVV survey data from the science archive facility at ESO. They find a box/peanut shaped bulge with an elongated bar and a prominent X-structure.</p>

The Milky Way's interior in 3D

September 12, 2013

Scientists at the MPE have produced the first detailed three-dimensional map of the stars that form the inner regions of our Milky Way, using publicly available VVV survey data from the science archive facility at ESO. They find a box/peanut shaped bulge with an elongated bar and a prominent X-structure.

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<p>Observations in April 2013 of the galactic centre have revealed that parts of the gas cloud, which was detected in 2011, have already swung past the black hole at the heart of our Milky Way.</p>

Close encounter

July 16, 2013

Observations in April 2013 of the galactic centre have revealed that parts of the gas cloud, which was detected in 2011, have already swung past the black hole at the heart of our Milky Way.

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<p>During its five-year primary mission, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe's most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. But its job is not done yet. On Aug. 11, Fermi entered an extended phase of its mission -- a deeper study of the high-energy cosmos. </p>

Primary mission for Fermi complete

August 23, 2013

During its five-year primary mission, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe's most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth. But its job is not done yet. On Aug. 11, Fermi entered an extended phase of its mission -- a deeper study of the high-energy cosmos.

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