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linkPfeil.gif International Year of Astronomy 2009
December 2009
In remembrance of milestones in the history of astronomy the United Nations proclaimed the year 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) has initiated a variety of regional and supra-regional projects with the objective of getting children and grown-ups interested in astrophysics and astronomy.

linkPfeil.gif Volker Springel receives Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank-Prize for Physics
Nobember 2009
This year's Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank-Prize has been award to the physicist Dr. Volker Springel from the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching. The award comes with a prize money of 100.000 euro, making it the most highly endowed award for younger scientists in Germany.

linkPfeil.gif "Evolution of the Universe"
November 2009
A journey through time and space in our cosmos at the Deutsches Museum Munich

linkPfeil.gif A NEW SEARCH FOR DARK ENERGY BEGINS
October 2009
The most ambitious attempt yet to trace the history of the universe has seen "first light."

linkPfeil.gif Planck first light yields promising results
September 2009
Planck, ESA's mission to study the early Universe, started surveying the sky regularly.

linkPfeil.gif Cosmic: Riding Early Waves
August 2009
Cosmic - a comic about the cosmos. The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) at Garching offers a teaching tool using an unusual method, a picture story in internet to attract interested amateurs.


linkPfeil.gif A long stare at stars
June 2009
NASA's satellite KEPLER has started its science program on May 12, 2009. Its primary mission is to search for planets around other stars and to detect the first Earth-size planet in another planetary system. Scientists at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik are using the satellite's results for a completely different subject: They want to find out about the internal structure of stars.

linkPfeil.gif Dim Supernova sheds light on Gamma-Ray Bursts
June 2009
Researchers of the Queen's University Belfast, the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics have now for the first time discovered a dim supernova whose spectrum shows no trace of hydrogen. This may solve a long-standing mystery about certain cosmic gamma-ray bursts.

linkPfeil.gif Planck Satellite ready to measure the Big Bang
May 2009
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics prepare scientific projects for the upcoming mission.

linkPfeil.gif Rashid Sunyaev is elected to the Royal Society of London
May 2009
On May 15 2009 the Royal Society of London announced that Rashid Sunyaev, Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, had been elected as a Foreign Member.

linkPfeil.gif Sources of diffuse X-ray emission in the Milky Way found
April 2009
Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and the Excellence Cluster Universe show that the mysterious X-ray radiation in our galaxy is caused by discrete sources like accreting white dwarfs and active stars.

linkPfeil.gif Guinevere Kauffmann has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
April 2009
Astrophysicist Guinevere Kauffmann was elected to the AAAS "for developing techniques to calculate numerically the creation and evolution of galaxies and black holes in the early universe."

linkPfeil.gif Mikhail Revnivtsev Receives Russian Federation President Prize in Science and Innovation
February 2009
Dr. Mikhail Revnivtsev, Research Fellow of the Cluster of Excellence "Origin and Structure of the Universe" and previously scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, was among the awardees of a Russian Science and Innovation prize awarded for the first time.

linkPfeil.gif Supernova explosion needs second attempt
February 2009
Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and the Cluster of Excellence `Universe' at the TU Munich show by detailed computer simulations how the interaction of neutrinos may cause supernova explosions of stars with 11 to 15 solar masses.

linkPfeil.gif The Countdown for Planck has started ...
February 2009
The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics completes ten years of work on the software for the European satellite mission.

linkPfeil.gif Rashid Sunyaev receives King Faisal International Prize for Science
January 2009
The King Faisal Foundation in Riyadh announced that this year's King Faisal Award in the science category will go to Rashid Sunyaev, director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching. Sunyaev will be honoured for his pathbreaking contributions to astrophysics and cosmology.



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