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Water ice in the asteroid belt

January 23, 2014
Herschel detects water vapour on Ceres [more]
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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. Remarkably one of these new exoplanets is orbiting a star that is a rare solar twin — a star that is almost identical to the Sun in all respects. [more]
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Herschel Medal for Reinhard Genzel

January 14, 2014
At its “ordinary meeting” on 10 January 2014, the Royal Astronomical Society announced that Professor Reinhard Genzel of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, and the University of California, Berkeley, will receive the Herschel Medal in 2014 for his outstanding contributions to observational astrophysics. RAS President, Professor David Southwood, will present Genzel with the award during the UK national astronomy meeting in Portsmouth at the end of June. [more]
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One-Percent Measure of the Universe Constrains Dark Energy

January 08, 2014
At the January AAS meeting, researchers from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (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 the scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics to place powerful constraints on the properties of the mysterious Dark Energy. This component is thought to be responsible for the current accelerated expansion of the Universe. [more]
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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. [more]
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Universe PhD Awards for Oliver Pfuhl

December 12, 2013
This year’s “Universe Award” in the category “experiment” goes to Oliver Pfuhl from the IR group at MPE. In his dissertation he developed innovative components for the GRAVITY interferometer. The prize for the best theoretical work was awarded to Martin Winkler (TUM). During the Science Week 2013 of the excellence clusters both junior scientists were presented with their awards, which are endowed with 2000 Euros each.   [more]
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Meeting of MPG mechanical engineers

December 02, 2013
In mid-November, some 50 MPG workshop managers and staff members came together to share their experiences about mechanics. Topics included new developments and processes in industry as well as at the other institutes. The two-day event was organized jointly by MPE and MPP, which also provided the venues. [more]
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A New View into the Hot and Energetic Universe

November 28, 2013
ESA selects science theme for its next large mission [more]
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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]

eROSITA mirrors are done!

November 13, 2013
After more than seven years of development and construction, the last of the eight mirror modules for the eROSITA X-ray telescope was completed on Friday, 8 November 2013. The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics leads the development and construction of the entire telescope, including its various components, in an international cooperation. [more]
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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 operated one last time. After undocking from the International Space Station the ESA Einstein transporter with the laboratory on board entered the Earth's atmosphere beginning of November and burned up - and PK-3 Plus 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; the scientists will still need some time to analyse these data. [more]
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Long arms reach out of giant cluster

September 20, 2013
Unusual structures have been found in the central region of the Coma cluster, a large collection of thousands of galaxies located about 300 million light years from Earth. Observations with the X-ray satellites Chandra and XMM-Newton led by Jeremy Sanders from Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics revealed remarkably long arms that tell astronomers about the collisions between Coma and other galaxy clusters over the last billion years. [more]
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