Dr. Hannelore Hämmerle
Dr. Hannelore Hämmerle
MPE Press Officer
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Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik

MPE Press Releases (2005 - ....)

MPE Press Releases (2005 - ...)

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RAS Honorary Fellowship in Astronomy awarded to MPE Director Ralf Bender

January 14, 2019
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]
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A close-up look at the whirlpool around a gigantic black hole

November 29, 2018
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]
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In the whirlpool around a gigantic black hole

November 29, 2018
Astronomers peer closely into heart of the quasar 3C 273 [more]
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At the edge of the galactic black hole

October 31, 2018
Astronomers are observing the immediate environment of this gravational giant [more]
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First Detailed Observations of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole

October 31, 2018
GRAVITY instrument confirms black hole status of the Milky Way centre [more]
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NOVA: Water in Small Dust Grains Can Explain Large Amounts of Water on Earth

September 11, 2018
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]
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The backbone of the night

July 27, 2018
Like a huge spiral, the Milky Way floats in space [more]
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