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Euclid NI-OA opens its eyes!

May 07, 2018
For the first time, the near-infrared optics for the Euclid satellite has produced real images under cryogenic and vacuum conditions. Euclid is an ESA mission, planned to launch in 2021 to study the “Dark Universe”. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics are responsible for the overall optical design of the near-infrared instrument NISP NI-OA, which is now fully qualified for instrument integration and will be delivered to the instrument by the end of May. [more]

Yasuo Tanaka 1931-2018

January 30, 2018
Obituary by Joachim Trümper [more]
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Ewine F. van Dishoeck receives 2018 James Craig Watson Medal

January 17, 2018
On 17 January 2018, the the US National Academy of Sciences announced that Ewine F. van Dishoeck, Leiden Observatory, Leiden University and Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, will receive the 2018 James Craig Watson Medal. She is recognized as a world leader in the fields of molecular astronomy and astrochemistry, employing observations, theory and experiments to improve our understanding of how molecules, stars and planets form. [more]
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Next Generation Astronomical Survey to Map the Entire Sky

November 16, 2017
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. [more]
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Gamma-ray burst and its visible afterglow seen simultaneously with gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars

October 16, 2017
Simultaneous detections of a short Gamma-Ray Burst by Fermi/GBM, INTEGRAL, and as gravitational wave by LIGO/Virgo, followed by MPG/GROND multi-wavelength observations heralds the start of a new era in astronomy [more]
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Ring around a dwarf planet detected

October 12, 2017
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. [more]
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Joachim Trümper receives Cothenius medal

September 07, 2017
The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina honors Joachim Trümper, Director Emeritus at the MPE, with the Cothenius Medal for his outstanding scientific lifetime achievement. The award will be presented to Joachim Trümper at the opening ceremony of the Annual General Meeting of the Leopoldina on Friday, 22 September 2017, in Halle (Saale). [more]
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Albrecht Poglitsch receives Instrumental Development Prize by the German Astronomical Society 2017

September 06, 2017
For many years of work on instrument development for the far infrared, the German Astronomical Society awards the newly instituted Prize for Instrument Development to Albrecht Poglitsch. In particular, Albrecht Poglitsch developed the PACS instrument for ESA’s Herschel space telescope, which led to many important discoveries in star formation and development as well as for distant galaxies and AGNs. [more]
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Molecular outflow launched beyond the disk around a young star

July 11, 2017
For the first time, an international team of astronomers led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) has observed a molecular outflow being launched from beyond the disk surrounding a young stellar object. Outflows carry away excess angular momentum and it has been proposed that these disk winds should be launched from a wide region in the protoplanetary disk. The recent observations now show that the outflows are asymmetric and that they are launched beyond the edge of the disk, at the position of the landing site of the in-falling material. [more]
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Brouwer Award for Ortwin Gerhard

June 30, 2017
The Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) of the American Astronomical Society has named Dr. Ortwin Gerhard from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) as the 2017 recipient of its Dirk Brouwer Award. Gerhard receives the distinction for his achievements in modelling the inner Milky Way galaxy. [more]
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Amateur satellite "MaxValier Sat" launches with µROSI

June 23, 2017
On the 23rd of June, the amateur satellite "MaxValier Sat" was successfully launched into an Earth orbit on an Indian rocket. On board: the miniature X-ray telescope μROSI, which was built by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching. Intensive work had been carried out in South Tyrol, Munich and Bremen to get all instruments ready. The MaxValier satellite is a unique cooperation between academic research, the aerospace industry and the commercial schools in Bolzano and Merano. The aim of the mission is to provide a complete survey of the sky in soft X-rays – with the data being broadcast to amateur astronomers - as well as observing the Earth’s upper atmosphere to discover an oxygen absorption line. [more]
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Radio Astronomers Peer Deep into the Stellar Nursery of the Orion Nebula

June 15, 2017
The first release of results from the Green Bank Ammonia Survey (GAS) are now being published in the Astrophysical Journal. A team from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, the University of Toronto and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics are aiming to map all Gould Belt star-forming regions visible from the northern hemisphere in the light of key molecular tracers. Accompanying the first data release, this impressive image shows ammonia molecules in a filament along a star formation region in the Orion Nebula. [more]
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