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linkPfeil.gif Supercomputer simulations probe the formation of galaxies and quasars
Juni 2005
An international team of astrophysicists led by researchers at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics presents the worldwide largest simulation of the growth of cosmic structure, including a detailed model for the formation of galaxies and supermassive black holes.

linkPfeil.gif Observations reveal aspherical Supernova Explosion as possible Source of Gamma-Ray Burst
May 2005
An international collaboration of researchers with participation of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics has confirmed their prediction that massive stars can explode highly aspherically. As reported in Science May 27, their observations with some of the world's biggest telescopes also confirm such explosions as possible sources of the enigmatic cosmic gamma-ray bursts.

dokument.gif Simon White awarded with Dannie Heineman Prize
March 2005
The American Institute of Physics announced that the 2005 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics is awarded jointly to Simon White, Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, and George Efstathiou, Director of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge.


linkPfeil.gif Integral rolls back history of Milky Way's super-massive black hole
January 2005
The centre of our galaxy has been known for years to host a black hole, a 'super-massive' yet very quiet one. New observations with Integral, ESA's gamma-ray observatory, have now revealed that 350 years ago the black hole was much more active, releasing a million times more energy than at present. Scientists expect that it will become active again in the future.

linkPfeil.gif Benedetta Ciardi receives 2004 Marie-Curie Excellence Award in Warsaw Ceremony
November 7 2004


linkPfeil.gif Integral discovers unusual kind of gamma-ray burst
August 2004
Using the ESA satellite "Integral", a international team of astronomers has discovered a new type of weak gamma-ray burst.



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