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linkPfeil.gif Germany joins the SKA Organisation
December 2012
The Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation has approved Germany as the tenth member of the organisation to participate in the detailed design of the SKA telescope.

linkPfeil.gif Planck spots hot gas bridging galaxy cluster pair
November 2012
ESA's Planck space telescope has made the first conclusive detection of a bridge of hot gas connecting a pair of galaxy clusters across 10 million light-years of intergalactic space.

linkPfeil.gif Super-massive black hole inflates giant bubble
October 2012
Like symbiotic species, a galaxy and its central black hole lead intimately connected lives. The details of this relationship still pose many puzzles for astronomers.

linkPfeil.gif Kippenhahn Prize for Ralph Schönrich
October 2012
This year, the annual Rudolph Kippenhahn Prize was awarded to Ralph Schönrich for his paper on "Galactic Rotation and Solar Motion from Stellar Kinematics", which appeared in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

linkPfeil.gif Eiichiro Komatsu shares 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize
June 2012
The Gruber Foundation has just announced that its 2012 Cosmology Prize is awarded to Charles Bennett and the WMAP Team for pinning down the Universe. As a member of the WMAP Team since 2001 and lead author of the papers presenting the cosmological interpretation of their five- and seven-year WMAP datasets, new MPA director Eiichiro Komatsu has played a major role in the success of the WMAP enterprise.

linkPfeil.gif Biermann Lectures 2012
June 2012
Biermann lecturer explores the Ins and Outs of Black Holes

linkPfeil.gif Guinevere Kauffmann elected to the US National Academy of Sciences
May 2012
At the beginning of May, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences announced that MPA scientist Guinevere Kauffmann is among the 84 newly elected members chosen this year in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

linkPfeil.gif Girls' Day 2012 at the MPA
April 2012
School girls will travel from the skies above Garching back to the very beginnings of the Universe if they come to the Girls' Day on 26. 4. 2012 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics.

linkPfeil.gif Café & Kosmos — Is the Sun responsible for climate change?
February 2012
Global warming, the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, these are things that worry us. The brightness of the Sun is what keeps us warm. Could it be that global warming is actually due to changes in the Sun and not our greenhouse gases? In other words that it is not our fault after all?

linkPfeil.gif Globular star clusters: The survivors of a massacre 13 billion years ago
February 2012
Our Milky Way galaxy is surrounded by some 200 compact groups of stars, containing up to a million stars each. At 13 billion years of age, these globular clusters are almost as old as the universe itself and were born when the first generations of stars and galaxies formed.

linkPfeil.gif Planck's HFI completes its survey of early Universe
January 2012
The High Frequency Instrument on ESA's Planck mission has completed its survey of the remnant light from the Big Bang. The sensor ran out of coolant on Saturday, 14. January, as expected, ending its ability to detect this faint energy.

linkPfeil.gif Eiichiro Komatsu becomes director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
January 2012
With the new year, a new director arrives in Garching: Eiichiro Komatsu relocates from the University of Texas to the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.



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