Astrophysics

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

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

A large coloured, nebulous cloud in the middle of a black background with many dots (stars) of different brightness.

Gas streams from a disk surrounding a massive young star feed a collimated jet 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

From “i” for “inspiral” to “g” for “gamma-ray burst”

For the first time, scientists model both the merger of a black hole with a neutron star and the subsequent process in one single simulation more

The universe in a new dimension

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

The James Webb Space Telescope contains technology from Heidelberg

The space observatory launched into space with equipment developed and built at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy more

“We expect ground-breaking findings”

Interview with Oliver Krause from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy about the James Webb Space Telescope more

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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

The James Webb Space Telescope contains technology from Heidelberg

The space observatory launched into space with equipment developed and built at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy more

“We expect ground-breaking findings”

Interview with Oliver Krause from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy about the James Webb Space Telescope more

A sanitizer in the galactic centre region

Interstellar detection of iso-propanol in Sagittarius B2 more

Gruber Cosmology Prize for Frank Eisenhauer

The scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is honoured for developing pioneering instruments more

An image of the Milky Way`s black hole

Observation with the Event Horizon Telescope improves our understanding of the processes at the galactic centre 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

“The telescope offers enormous potential”

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

Migration of stars

Oscillations from the Milky Way disk seem to relocate stars to large vertical distances from their place of birth more

Comet probe reveals dust cloud

Five instruments from the Rosetta spacecraft recorded the eruption of jets of dust on 67P/Chruyumov-Gerasimenko more

Gravitational waves from merging neutron stars

This cosmic event was also observed in visible light and provides an explanation for gamma-ray bursts more

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The supermassive giant at the heart of the Milky Way | Interview with Prof. Reinhard Genzel

Interview with Reinhard Genzel, director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and architect of the 30-year programme that led to the discovery of the Schwarzschild precession around the black hole at the heart of our Milky Way. Genzel describes the general relativity effect observed by his team and how it can be used to study the galactic gravity trap. more

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