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linkPfeil.gif Rashid Sunyaev wins 2012 Franklin Medal in Physics
December 2011
On 19 December 2011 the Franklin Institute announced that the 2012 Franklin Medal in Physics goes to Rashid Sunyaev, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, for ”his monumental contributions to understanding the early universe and the properties of black holes.“

linkPfeil.gif New all-sky map shows the magnetic fields of the Milky Way with the highest precision
December 2011
With a unique new all-sky map, scientists at MPA have made significant progress toward measuring the magnetic field structure of the Milky Way in unprecedented detail. Specifically, the map is of a quantity known as Faraday depth, which among other things, depends strongly on the magnetic fields along a particular line of sight. To produce the map, data were combined from more than 41,000 individual measurements using a novel image reconstruction technique.

linkPfeil.gif Unusual explanation for peculiar stellar explosion
December 2011
The so called ”Christmas Burst“, a very energetic stellar explosion that took place a year ago, might have a very unusual origin: an international team of scientists propose a new model for this gamma-ray burst (GRB).

linkPfeil.gif “Changing Skies” for students -- Max Planck Day at the MPA
November 2011
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Max Planck Society, Max Planck Institutes throughout Germany - including the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching - opened their doors on 11 November to welcome students. In 1911, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society was founded, which was succeeded by the Max Planck Society in 1948.

linkPfeil.gif Café & Kosmos — Supernovae - unravelling the mysteries of the biggest cosmic explosions
November 2011
Exploding and colliding stars, seen as supernovae and cosmic gamma-ray bursts, produce the brightest and most powerful radiation outbursts in the Universe. Their observation to a distance of billions of light-years gives us information about the accelerated expansion of the cosmos.

linkPfeil.gif Cosmic Crashes Forging Gold
September 2011
The cosmic site where the heaviest chemical elements such as lead or gold are formed is likely to be identified

linkPfeil.gif Biermann lectures 2011
July 2011
Adventurous Biermann lectures 2011

linkPfeil.gif Rashid Sunyaev receives 2011 Kyoto Prize
July 2011
The Inamori Foundation announced that this year's Kyoto prize in science goes to Prof. Rashid Sunyaev, director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany, for his ”Contribution to Precise Observational Cosmology through the Theory of Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Fluctuations“.

linkPfeil.gif Kippenhahn Prize 2011
June 2011
Rudolph Kippenhahn Prize for Rainer Moll

linkPfeil.gif Simon White wins Gruber Cosmology Prize
June 2011
Simon White and three other astronomers Receive Gruber Cosmology Prize for Reconstructing How the Universe Grew.

linkPfeil.gif Girls' Day at MPA and MPE: What does an astronomer do?
May 2011
In mid-April, some 40 girls came to the astronomical Max Planck Institutes in Garching to learn more about the work as a female astronomer.

linkPfeil.gif High Chinese Honour for Gerhard Börner
January 2011
Three German scientists have been honoured by the Chinese government with the "International Science and Technology Cooperation Award". In the official ceremony on 14th January 2011 in the ”Great Hall of the People“ in Beijing, Professor Dr. Gerhard Börner from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics was presented with the high distinction in the presence of President Hu Jintao for his close scientific collaboration with China.

linkPfeil.gif Hendrik Spruit wins Hale Prize for solar physics
January 2011
The Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society has announced that in 2011 the award of its highest honor, the George Ellery Hale Prize for achievement in solar physics, will go to Hendrik Spruit, senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. With this award, the SPD recognizes his "insightful and pioneering work on the structure of magnetic flux tubes and sunspots and on their interaction with the flow of energy in the solar convection zone."

linkPfeil.gif On the 25th anniversary of Ludwig Biermann’s death
January 2011
Born 13th March 1907 in Hamm, the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Ludwig Biermann, died 25 years ago on 12th January 1986 in Munich. Biermann’s scientific career started with his doctoral theses on ”convection zones in the interior of stars“ in Göttingen 1932; stellar structure and evolution in combination with convection were his main topics in the following years.

linkPfeil.gif 14 billion years of cosmic history in one
January 2011
Planck mission presents first results



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