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MPE Press Releases (2005 - ....)

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Swiftly moving gas streamer eclipses supermassive black hole

June 23, 2014
An international team of astronomers including researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics has discovered that the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548 has recently undergone strange, unexpected behaviour rarely seen in the heart of active galaxies. The researchers detected a clumpy gas stream flowing quickly outward and blocking 90 percent of the X-rays emitted by the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. This activity may provide new insights into the interaction of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. [more]
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Rotating globular clusters

May 07, 2014
Recent observations of globular clusters with the VIRUS-W instrument at the McDonald observatory revealed a rotation signal at the centre of these huge agglomerations of stars. This finding is very surprising, as the astronomers expected that any central rotation should have been erased by now due to the old age of these clusters. In addition, the astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the University of Texas found that the rotation axis agrees with the slight elongation found for some of the clusters, indicating that this flattening is caused by rotation. [more]
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Bridging the gaps

April 10, 2014
Centre for Astrochemical Studies opens at MPE [more]
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Karl Schuster becomes external scientific member at the MPE

February 04, 2014
The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is pleased to announce that Dr Karl Schuster, director of the Institute for Radio Astronomy at Millimetre wavelengths (IRAM) in Grenoble, has been appointed as external scientific member at the MPE. By developing detectors and receiver systems and with the NOEMA project - an extended IRAM millimetre interferometer - he makes significant contributions to using millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths for a wide range of astronomical topics. [more]
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Water ice in the asteroid belt

January 23, 2014
Herschel detects water vapour on Ceres [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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Athena and eLISA

November 28, 2013
The European Space Agency is now selecting topics for the next large missions in which Max Planck researchers will play a crucial role [more]
 
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