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Germany joins the SKA Organisation
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.
A nova origin of the gas cloud at the Galactic Center?
F. Meyer, E. Meyer-Hofmeister
Planck spots hot gas bridging galaxy cluster pair
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.
First Light for the Millennium Run Observatory
Roderik Overzier and Gerard Lemson
Super-massive black hole inflates giant bubble
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.
Kippenhahn Prize for Ralph Schönrich
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.
Smashing white dwarfs: explaining the brightness of cosmic explosions
Ashley Ruiter, Stuart Sim, Ruediger Pakmor, Markus Kromer, Ivo Seitenzahl, Stefan Taubenberger
Trojan horses within molecular clouds: How do a few massive stars determine the fate of a whole galaxy?
Stefanie Walch, Thorsten Naab
Lyman Alpha Emitters around the Epoch of Reionization: Tip of the Iceberg
Akila Jeeson-Daniel, Benedetta Ciardi, Umberto Maio, Marco Pierleoni, Mark Dijkstra, Antonella Maselli
Cosmic Warming by the First Quasars: Did the earliest supermassive black holes slow the growth of the rest?
Takamitsu Tanaka, Rosalba Perna, Zoltán Haiman
Eiichiro Komatsu shares 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize
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.
Biermann Lectures 2012
Biermann lecturer explores the Ins and Outs of Black Holes
Chemical composition of old, metal-poor stars poses new questions
Gregory Ruchti, Maria Bergemann
Guinevere Kauffmann elected to the US National Academy of Sciences
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.
What makes a galaxy a disk or a spheroid?
Laura V. Sales, Julio F. Navarro, Tom Theuns, Joop Schaye, Simon D. M. White, Carlos S. Frenk, Robert A. Crain and Claudio Dalla Vecchia
Gas in Galaxies at the End of their Lives - Food for New Stars
Silvia Fabello, Barbara Catinella, Guinevere Kauffmann
Girls' Day 2012 at the MPA
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.
Infrared Beacons in the Universe - Red Supergiant Stars and the Chemical Composition of Galaxies
Maria Bergemann, Rolf Peter Kudritzki, Karin Lind
Café & Kosmos — Is the Sun responsible for climate change?
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?
Globular star clusters: The survivors of a massacre 13 billion years ago
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.
Cosmic Vibrations from Neutron Stars
Andreas Bauswein, Hannelore Hämmerle, H.-Thomas Janka
Planck's HFI completes its survey of early Universe
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.
Eiichiro Komatsu becomes director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
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.
SDSS-III finds a large population of massive galaxies still alive eight billion years after the Big Bang
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