Astronomy

Deepest look yet into the heart of a quasar

International team observes innermost structure of quasar 3C 273 more

In the background: a black surface with isolated bright small dots representing stars.
In the foreground: the left half of the image consists of a grey sphere with various shades and stripes, illuminated from a distance by a yellow light source.

Scientists find the youngest super-Jovian exoplanet yet for which they measure both mass and size more

Catching the dynamic Coronal Web

Researchers discover an important clue as to what mechanism drives the solar wind more

A bright round disc in the background illuminates part of a sphere in the foreground. It has stripes that suggest clouds.

The observatory shows atmosphere properties in more detail than ever before more

Composition of several individual images. Background: many bright stars and dark clouds; foreground image 1: section with bright star in the centre and other less bright stars around it; foreground image 2: a thin, white ellipse against a black background and a bright dot is on the ellipse; foreground image 3: a dark, almost circular object surrounded by a distorted bright ring.

The finding promises numerous similar discoveries more

Energetic Winds from the Triangulum Galaxy

Radio observations reveal a complex scenario for the interplay between star formation and the interstellar medium in Messier 33 more

A traveler from the edge of the Solar System

Iron isotopes in samples from asteroid Ryugu suggest its origin to lie beyond the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn more

A radio telescope opens up new horizons

The European observatory NOEMA reaches full capacity with twelve antennas more

A still image of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*, as seen by the Event Horizon Collaboration (EHT), with an artist’s illustration indicating where the modelling of the ALMA data predicts the hot spot to be and its orbit around the black hole.

Researchers discover a hot spot near the black hole Sagittarius A* with the radio telescope ALMA more

A glimpse at the star factory in the Galactic Center

Star formation started off near the center of our home galaxy and then worked its way outwards more

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Deepest look yet into the heart of a quasar

International team observes innermost structure of quasar 3C 273 more

Catching the dynamic Coronal Web

Researchers discover an important clue as to what mechanism drives the solar wind more

Composition of several individual images. Background: many bright stars and dark clouds; foreground image 1: section with bright star in the centre and other less bright stars around it; foreground image 2: a thin, white ellipse against a black background and a bright dot is on the ellipse; foreground image 3: a dark, almost circular object surrounded by a distorted bright ring.

The finding promises numerous similar discoveries more

A traveler from the edge of the Solar System

Iron isotopes in samples from asteroid Ryugu suggest its origin to lie beyond the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn more

A radio telescope opens up new horizons

The European observatory NOEMA reaches full capacity with twelve antennas more

A still image of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*, as seen by the Event Horizon Collaboration (EHT), with an artist’s illustration indicating where the modelling of the ALMA data predicts the hot spot to be and its orbit around the black hole.

Researchers discover a hot spot near the black hole Sagittarius A* with the radio telescope ALMA more

A bright round disc in the background illuminates part of a sphere in the foreground. It has stripes that suggest clouds.

The James-Webb-Telescope provides insights into the composition and formation of planets outside our solar system. more

Preparing for the world’s biggest radio telescope

Astronomers simulate physical processes in the interstellar medium of galaxies at “Cosmic Noon” for future SKAO observations more

Sunrise III found safe at landing site

The balloon-borne solar telescope has survived the termination of its flight well more

The universe in a new dimension

Astronomical objects appear in unprecedented detail in the first images from the James Webb Telescope more

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“A wonderful confirmation of our observations”

Reinhard Genzel of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics on the first image of the galactic centre more

The nebula with the dark band

The active galaxy Centaurus A has made history in radio astronomy more

Scientific highlights 2020

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

"Astronomy became big here"

Both partners, Germany and South Africa, benefit from the MeerKAT collaboration more

“The telescope offers enormous potential”

Peter Predehl from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics on the eRosita mission more

Moon dust is not to be sneezed at

50 years ago, Max Planck Scientists were among the first to analyze lunar rock samples more

A solar eclipse sheds light on physics

Observations of the cosmic shadow dance on 29 May 1919 substantiated a new scientific view of the world more

The mystery of the dark bodies

The idea that black holes exist dates back to the 18th century more

The backbone of the night

Like a huge spiral, the Milky Way floats in space more

“The galactic centre offers fantastic opportunities”

Interview with Reinhard Genzel on his observation of an effect of the general theory of relativity more

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