MPE Press Releases (2005 - ....)

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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]
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Gamma-ray burst and its visible afterglow seen simultaneously with gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars

October 16, 2017
Simultaneous detections of a short Gamma-Ray Burst by Fermi/GBM, INTEGRAL, and as gravitational wave by LIGO/Virgo, followed by MPG/GROND multi-wavelength observations heralds the start of a new era in astronomy [more]
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Ring around a dwarf planet detected

October 12, 2017
Ten observatories in six European countries teamed up for recent observations of a stellar occultation by the dwarf planet Haumea, which surprisingly show a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf planet. In addition, the astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and more than 50 further institutions were able to constrain the size, shape and density of Haumea,which are closer to theoretical predictions than previous estimates but still puzzling. [more]
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Ring around a dwarf planet detected

October 11, 2017
Ten observatories put their sight on the dwarf planet [more]
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Joachim Trümper receives Cothenius medal

September 07, 2017
The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina honors Joachim Trümper, Director Emeritus at the MPE, with the Cothenius Medal for his outstanding scientific lifetime achievement. The award will be presented to Joachim Trümper at the opening ceremony of the Annual General Meeting of the Leopoldina on Friday, 22 September 2017, in Halle (Saale). [more]
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Albrecht Poglitsch receives Instrumental Development Prize by the German Astronomical Society 2017

September 06, 2017
For many years of work on instrument development for the far infrared, the German Astronomical Society awards the newly instituted Prize for Instrument Development to Albrecht Poglitsch. In particular, Albrecht Poglitsch developed the PACS instrument for ESA’s Herschel space telescope, which led to many important discoveries in star formation and development as well as for distant galaxies and AGNs. [more]
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Molecular outflow launched beyond the disk around a young star

July 11, 2017
For the first time, an international team of astronomers led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) has observed a molecular outflow being launched from beyond the disk surrounding a young stellar object. Outflows carry away excess angular momentum and it has been proposed that these disk winds should be launched from a wide region in the protoplanetary disk. The recent observations now show that the outflows are asymmetric and that they are launched beyond the edge of the disk, at the position of the landing site of the in-falling material. [more]