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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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Mierk Schwabe receives PhD Research Prize from the European Physical Society

March 24, 2011
The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) awards its PhD Research Prize this year to Mierk Schwabe and two other physicists. With this award, the EPS honours the exceptional quality of the work carried out by young physicists as part of their PhD research in any area of plasma physics. The MPE scientist Schwabe receives the prize for her thesis on Complex Plasmas. [more]
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An old galaxy cluster discovered in the young Universe

March 15, 2011
Astronomers working with data from several observatories, including the VLT and XMM-Newton, have discovered the most distant, mature galaxy cluster yet. The cluster is seen as it was when the Universe was only about a quarter of its current age. In contrast to other structures observed in the young Universe, this object is already in its prime, as is evident from its diffuse X-ray emission and evolved population of galaxies. This shows that fully-grown galaxy clusters were already in place this early in cosmic history. [more]
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First Light for VIRUS-W spectrograph

January 25, 2011
The new observing instrument VIRUS-W, built by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the University Observatory Munich, saw "first light" on 10th November at the Harlan J. Smith Telescope of the McDonald observatory in Texas. Its first images of a spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away where an impressive confirmation of the capabilities of the instrument, which can determine the motion of stars in near-by galaxies to a precision of a few kilometres per second. [more]
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