eROSITA relaxes cosmological tension 

eROSITA relaxes cosmological tension
 

Results from the first X-ray sky survey resolve the previous inconsistency between competing measurements of the structure of the Universe
 

The X-ray sky opens to the world 

The X-ray sky opens to the world
 

First eROSITA sky-survey data release makes public the largest ever catalogue of high-energy cosmic sources

Weighing a Black Hole in the early universe

Weighing a Black Hole in the early universe

With the upgraded GRAVITY-instrument at the ESO VLTI, a team of astronomers led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics has determined the mass of a Black Hole in a galaxy only 2 billion years after the Big Bang. With 300 million solar masses, the black hole is actually under-massive compared to the mass of its host galaxy, indicating that at least for some systems there might be a delay between the growth of the galaxy and its central black hole.

Webb shines light on early interstellar grain growth

Webb shines light on early interstellar grain growth

In a groundbreaking study, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) observed the early stages of the growth of dust grains in the dense Chamaeleon I cloud. These cold dust grains have accumulated molecular solids on their surface early in the process leading to star formation, challenging previous assumptions on where and when grain growth occurs.

New wide-field X-ray mission will revolutionise search for transient high-energy events

New wide-field X-ray mission will revolutionise search for transient high-energy events

The X-ray satellite “Einstein Probe” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was launched successfully from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China on a Long March-2C rocket on January 9th, 2024. Equipped with cutting-edge X-ray mirrors and detectors, with major contributions from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), the spacecraft will start a new era in high-energy time-domain astrophysics.

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The role of radiation transport in planet formation: gaps, rings, and planet migration

Mar 5, 2024 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
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The X-ray activity-rotation relation of cool dwarfs as a probe of their stellar dynamo

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The ALMA Survey of 70 μm Dark High-mass Clumps in Early Stages (ASHES). IX. Physical Properties and Spatial Distribution of Cores in IRDCs

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The alpha-element enrichment of gas in distant galaxies

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New Physics in B decays: bugs of features?

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MPE60 years: May 15th!
On 15 May MPE turned 60! If you want to officially say happy birthday, please check MPE social Media accounts and like, share and comment. You can also send greetings and explain why you like to work at MPE :-)
Reinhard Genzel receives the Nobel Prize for Physics 2020
The Max Planck Director is honored for his observations of the black hole in the Galactic Center
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