Dr. Hannelore Hämmerle
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MPE Press Releases (2005 - ....)

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2005 YU55 resembles a collection of rocks hurtling through space

November 17, 2011
The Herschel Space Observatory catches a glimpse of the minor planet during its rendezvous with Earth [more]
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Agreement on eROSITA data reached

October 19, 2011
German scientists ready for the hunt on dark energy [more]
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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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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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Huge storms sweep entire galaxies clean

May 11, 2011
The infred space observatory Herschel discovers how Milky Way systems lose substance  [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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