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Negative temperature negated
Over the past 60 years, several theories and experiments have claimed the existence of negative absolute temperatures in certain quantum systems.
Planck space telescope now turned off
After nearly 4.5 years of observations, the ESA Planck space telescope has now been turned off. During its lifetime it even exceeded its goals of providing more detailed measurements of the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars and galaxies throughout the Universe's history.
Two Kippenhahn laureates this year
The submissions for the Kippenhahn prize this year were both excellent and at the same time completely different, so that the jury decided to split the prize and award it jointly to Florian Hanke and Francesco de Gasperin.
Massimo Gaspari receives Livio Gratton Prize
On 12 October 2013, Massimo Gaspari from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics will be awarded the Livio Gratton Prize for the best PhD thesis in Astronomy and Astrophysics presented in Italy in the two past academic years.
European funding for simulating stellar explosions
Project by Hans-Thomas Janka from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics accepted for an ERC Advanced Grant
End of July the European Research Council announced that Hans-Thomas Janka will receive an ERC Advanced Grant for modeling stellar collapse and explosions.
The Violent Birth of Neutron Stars
A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics conducted the most expensive and most elaborate computer simulations so far to study the formation of neutron stars at the center of collapsing stars with unprecedented accuracy.
Diederik Kruijssen receives Christiaan Huygens Prize
On 19 June, the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences awarded the Christiaan Huygens Prize to MPA postdoctoral fellow Diederik Kruijssen for the best Dutch PhD thesis in astronomy and space sciences in the past five years.
Hands-on astronomy on the Girls' Day
In a well-established tradition, the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics joined in the nationwide Girls' Day again this year.
Otto Hahn Medal of MPG for Irina Zhuravleva
On 5 June 2013, Irina Zhuravleva received the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society among other young scientists. The Otto Hahn Medal is awarded annually to young scientists and researchers for outstanding scientific achievements.
The vicissitudes of the cold dark matter model of cosmogony
This year's Biermann lecturer is an old friend: Prof. Carlos Frenk has worked closely with scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics for almost two decades.
Rashid Sunyaev elected as Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences
MPA Director Rashid Sunyaev has been awarded an Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
MPA new building now officially opened
In April, the keys to the extension building of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics were officially handed over to its new owners.
A new director at MPA
With effect from 1 April 2013, the Max Planck Society has appointed Dr Guinevere Kauffmann as a Scientific Member of the Society and the newest Director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.
Planck measures the universe - detailed all-sky map of the cosmic background radiation confirms standard cosmological model but also finds deviations
On 21 March 2013 the Planck collaboration presented its first all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which impressively confirms the standard model of cosmology and determines its parameters more accurately than ever before.
Magnetic fields in astrophysics: an electronic 'textbooklet'
Magnetic fields play an important role in many objects in the universe, from the Sun with its spots and the magnetically heated corona visible during a solar eclipse, to pulsars and the spectacular 'jets' from black holes and protostars.
NIFTY: Numerical information field theory for everyone
Signal reconstruction algorithms can now be developed more elegantly because scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics released a new software package for data analysis and imaging, NIFTY
Eiichiro Komatsu receives Lancelot Berkeley Prize
On 10 January, MPA director Eiichiro Komatsu will receive the "Lancelot M. Berkeley - New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy" during the annual winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach.
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