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EUCLID space mission selected by ESA

October 04, 2011
The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, together with the Observatory of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, is a major partner in the EUCLID space mission that has been selected today by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the Cosmic Vision Program. EUCLID¿s primary goal is to study the accelerating expansion of the universe. Launch is expected by the end of 2019. [more]
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Citation landmarks for two high-energy papers

September 20, 2011
As of mid-September, there are 1000 citations for each of two papers published by the high-energy group at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics: The ROSAT source catalogue and the paper describing the focal plane instruments for the three X-ray mirror systems on board the XMM-Newton satellite. [more]
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Reimar Lüst receives honorary doctorate

September 01, 2011
The founding father and long-time director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Reimar Lüst, will receive a special distinction on 17 September: On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jacobs University Bremen awards its first honorary doctorate to the astrophysicist. Reimar Lüst will be honoured for his outstanding lifetime achievements in the fields of space science and as a science manager. [more]
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Skinakas Obseravatory celebrates 25th anniversary

July 26, 2011
The Skinakas Observatory has been in existence for 25 years and this was celebrated end of May on top of the Ida mountains. Founded in 1986 by the University of Crete, the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas FORTH and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, it is used both for the training of students and basic astronomical research. Today the Skinakas Observatory has three telescopes: a 1.3m Ritchey Chrétien telescope, a 0.6m and a 0.3m telescope. The 0.6m fully robotic telescope is a joined project of the University of Crete and the University of Tübingen, Germany. [more]
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James-Maxwell-Prize for Gregor Morfill

July 19, 2011
This year's James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics goes to Professor Gregor Morfill, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. With the award, the American Physical Society (APS) recognizes Morfill's pioneering and seminal contributions to the field of dusty plasmas. The bestowal of the award will take place at the annual meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics to be held in Salt Lake City in November 2011. [more]
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Reinhard Genzel receives Karl Schwarzschild Medal 2011

July 13, 2011
The highest honour for astronomical research in Germany, the Karl Schwarzschild Medal of the German Astronomical Society (AG), this year goes to the Garching astrophysicist Reinhard Genzel, director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. The AG bestows the award to a researcher who made a discovery with wide-reaching consequences. Genzel and teams were able to provide evidence that the centre of our Milky Way harbours a Black Hole. This Black Hole in the galactic centre is the best empirical evidence for the existence of these exotic objects that are postulated in Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. [more]
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Cold Plasma eliminates Ehec bacteria

June 20, 2011
In first experiments with prototypes the number of these dangerous germs is reduced drastically [more]
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Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation might not be a Gaussian random field

June 15, 2011
Since the serendipitous discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMB) almost 50 years ago, this faint uniform afterglow of the Big Bang has been studied in ever more detail. In the past decade, the Wilkinson-Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) observed the CMB in high enough detail to allow scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and other institutes to probe for non-Gaussiantities with ever more sophisticated methods. Their results indicate that the temperature fluctuations seen in the CMB are indeed not a purely random, Gaussian field but that there are correlations on large scales. This could have interesting implications on inflation theories. [more]
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First Images from the VLT Survey Telescope

June 08, 2011
VST and 268 megapixel OmegaCAM start work [more]
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Cosmic Explosion is New Candidate for Most Distant Object in the Universe

May 26, 2011
A gamma-ray burst detected by NASA's Swift satellite in April 2009 has been newly unveiled as a leading candidate for the most distant object in the Universe. At an estimated distance of 13.14 billion light years, the burst lies far beyond any known quasar and is potentially more distant than any previously known galaxy or gamma-ray burst. Multiple lines of evidence in favour of a record-breaking distance for this burst, known as GRB 090429B after the date when it was discovered (April 29, 2009), are presented in a paper by an international team of astronomers, including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. [more]
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Invention for the treatment of chronic wounds receives research prize

May 12, 2011
On 10 May 2011 a joint research team of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the Klinikum Schwabing received the research prize 2010 of the "Fondation URGO" for its plasma technology. This invention allows the elimination of bacteria on chronically infected wounds and thus supports wound healing. [more]
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Caught in the act: Herschel detects gigantic storms sweeping entire galaxies clean

May 09, 2011
With observations from the PACS instrument on board the ESA Herschel space observatory, an international team of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics have found gigantic storms of molecular gas gusting in the centres of many galaxies. Some of these massive outflows reach velocities of more than 1000 kilometres per second, i.e. thousands of times faster than in terrestrial hurricanes. The observations show that the more active galaxies contain stronger winds, which can blow away the entire gas reservoir in a galaxy, thereby inhibiting both further star formation and the growth of the central black hole. This finding is the first conclusive evidence for the importance of galactic winds in the evolution of galaxies. [more]
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