MPE Press Releases (2005 - ....)

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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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First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole

July 26, 2018
Observations of the Galactic Centre team at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) have for the first time revealed the effects predicted by Einstein’s general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field near the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way. This long-sought result represents the climax of a 26-year-long observation campaign using ESO’s telescopes in Chile. [more]
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“The galactic centre offers fantastic opportunities”

July 26, 2018
Interview with Reinhard Genzel on his observation of an effect of the general theory of relativity [more]
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In the gravity field of the black hole

July 26, 2018
Astronomers conduct successful test of Einstein’s general theory of relativity near supermassive black hole [more]
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Ewine van Dishoeck receives Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

June 04, 2018
End of May, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced that Ewine van Dishoeck, External Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, is honoured with the 2018 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics “for her combined contributions to observational, theoretical, and laboratory astrochemistry, elucidating the life cycle of interstellar clouds and the formation of stars and planets”. [more]
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Gravitational waves from merging neutron stars

October 17, 2017
This cosmic event was also observed in visible light and provides an explanation for gamma-ray bursts [more]