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<p>X-ray Chimneys in the Milky Way</p>

Outflows of matter and energy from a galaxy’s centre are considered key players in the formation and evolution of galaxies and other structures in the Universe. Astronomers led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics have now created the  most extensive X-ray map of the central degrees of the Milky Way, thereby discovering a channel of X-ray emitting gas connecting the Milky Way centre to structures much further out. more

<p>RAS Honorary Fellowship in Astronomy awarded to MPE Director Ralf Bender</p>

On Friday 11 January, the Royal Astronomical Society announced that MPE Director Ralf Bender is awarded an RAS Honorary Fellowship in Astronomy for the unique combination of research leadership and institutional service. more

<p>MPE-built optical assembly fully integrated on EUCLID-NISP</p>

Last week at LAM Marseille, the optical assembly consisting of the camera lens assembly “CaLA” and the corrector lens assembly “CoLA” have been fully integrated on the near-infrared optics NISP for the Euclid satellite. Euclid is an ESA mission, planned to launch in 2022 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. more

<p>Prof. Amiel Sternberg appointed External Scientific Member of the MPE</p>

Professor Amiel Sternberg, of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics & Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, has been appointed External Scientific Member at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE). His fields of research are the interstellar medium, star formation, galaxy evolution, and theoretical astrophysics. In particular, he will be working closely with the Infrared and Submm-Group at MPE. more

<p>A close-up look at the whirlpool around a gigantic black hole</p>

Detailed observations of the quasar 3C 273 with the GRAVITY instrument reveal the structure of rapidly moving gas around the central super-massive black hole, the first time that the so-called “broad line region” could be resolved. The international team of astronomers was thus able to measure the mass of the black hole with unprecedented precision. This measurement confirms the fundamental assumptions of the most commonly used method to measure the mass of central black holes in distant quasars. Studying these black holes and determining their masses is an essential ingredient to understanding galaxy evolution in general. more

First Detailed Observations of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole

GRAVITY instrument confirms black hole status of the Milky Way centre more

NOVA: Water in Small Dust Grains Can Explain Large Amounts of Water on Earth

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. more

<p>Honorary Doctorate for Gerhard Haerendel</p>

The University of Crete awards former MPE director Gerhard Haerendel the title of Honorary Doctor of Physics. The proposal was made by the Department of Physics and 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 award ceremony will take place in October in Heraklion, Crete.  more

<p>First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole</p>

Observations of the Galactic Centre team at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) have for the first time revealed the effects predicted by Einstein’s general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field near the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way. This long-sought result represents the climax of a 26-year-long observation campaign using ESO’s telescopes in Chile. more

<p>Fermi celebrates 10 years of discoveries</p>

On June 11, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope celebrates a decade of using gamma rays, the highest energy form of light in the universe, to study black holes, neutron stars, and other extreme cosmic objects and events. MPE scientists use data from both instruments on-board Fermi, one of which was built jointly by MPE and other institutes. more

<p>Ewine van Dishoeck receives Kavli Prize in Astrophysics</p>

End of May, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced that Ewine van Dishoeck, External Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, is honoured with the 2018 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics “for her combined contributions to observational, theoretical, and laboratory astrochemistry, elucidating the life cycle of interstellar clouds and the formation of stars and planets”. more

<p>Euclid NI-OA opens its eyes!</p>

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

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