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Research publications 2017

The far side of the Milky Way

October 12, 2017

Astronomers achieve record measurement for an improved picture of our home galaxy [more]


Antares' turbulent twilight

August 31, 2017

A map of gas distribution and velocities in the atmosphere of a red supergiant delivers insights into the fate of a star [more]


4.6 billion-year-old galaxy shines light on our universe

August 30, 2017

A distant galaxy's effects on radio waves provide clues about the formation of cosmic magnetic fields [more]


Portrait of a black hole

March 31, 2017

IRAM’s 30-metre dish is part of the Event Horizon Telescope which is looking into the centre of the Milky Way [more]


Home galaxy of a fast radio burst identified

January 04, 2017

Astronomers pinpoint radio flashes originating in a far away galaxy [more]

Research publications 2016

Neutron stars on the home PC

December 08, 2016

Astronomers find most massive double neutron star system with Einstein@Home [more]


The turbulent heart of Eta Carinae

October 19, 2016

Detailed images of binary system reveal the collision zone of stellar winds [more]


Spirals assist in the birth of planets

October 05, 2016

Astronomers discover density waves in a protoplanetary disk around a star [more]


Twin jets pinpoint the heart of an active galaxy

September 20, 2016

Twin jets pinpoint the heart of an active galaxy [more]


Speedy planet birth

March 21, 2016

Astronomers observe a clump of dust in the disk around star HL Tauri [more]


Radio burst from a remote galaxy

February 24, 2016

Fast radio burst discovery reveals missing matter in the universe [more]


BL Lacertae – the hottest hearth in space

January 26, 2016

Radio astronomers gaze deep into the heart of an active galaxy [more]

Research publications 2015

The Northern sky in the light of neutral hydrogen

December 16, 2015

Radio astronomers present the Effelsberg-Bonn HI-Survey [more]


Twisted magnetic field in galaxy IC 342

June 18, 2015

Researchers hope for clues to the formation of Milky Way systems [more]


Volcano Loki observed from Earth

May 04, 2015

Large Binocular Telescope shows a lava lake on Jupiter's moon Io [more]


Unravelling the mystery of Nova Vul 1670

March 24, 2015

APEX and Effelsberg observations explain bright outburst in 17th Century caused by stellar collision [more]


Magnetic fields help in formation of massive stars

January 20, 2015

Max Planck astronomers observe polarised dust emission of two dark clouds in the Milky Way [more]

Research publications 2014

Interstellar molecule with branched backbone

September 26, 2014

Astronomers detect iso-propyl cyanide in the gas cloud close to the galactic centre



Swirling electrons in the whirlpool galaxy

August 20, 2014

The LOFAR radio telescope observes cosmic particles and magnetic fields in the galaxy M51 [more]


Radio-burst from the Charioteer

July 10, 2014

Astronomers observe mysterious radio-burst from far beyond our galaxy [more]


In the black holes' pull

June 05, 2014

Astronomers discover that magnetic fields in the vicinity of supermassive black holes can equal the force of gravity [more]


Gamma rays from the core of active galaxies

May 23, 2014

Observations show that outbursts occur in the nuclear regions of active galaxies [more]


Birth of a star in double-quick time

May 14, 2014

Scientists observe the nurseries of massive stars in our galaxy [more]


An exotic millisecond pulsar trio

January 07, 2014

Stellar astrophysicists probe new territory with the discovery of a neutron star orbited by two white dwarfs [more]

Research publications 2013

Gamma pulsars from the home computer

November 27, 2013

Einstein@Home volunteers discover four cosmic lighthouses in data from NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope [more]


The quasar and its Fata Morgana

September 06, 2013

Multiple images of a quasar through a gas cloud of our Milky Way [more]


Neutron stars in the computer cloud

August 29, 2013

Einstein@Home discovers 24 new pulsars in archival data [more]


A magnetar at the heart of our Milky Way

August 14, 2013

Radio astronomers use pulsar with strong magnetic field to investigate supermassive black hole [more]


Flashes in the sky

July 04, 2013

Cosmic radio bursts point to cataclysmic origins in the distant universe [more]


Zooming in on the Black Hole

June 27, 2013

Dust fountain at the heart of active galaxy NGC 3783 [more]


Sun block for the "Big Dog"

March 27, 2013

Astronomers detect titanium oxide and titanium dioxide around the giant star VY Canis Majoris [more]


Gazing into the frozen stillness of the universe

March 19, 2013

The ALMA telescope installation begins delivering images of fresh planets, young stars, and distant galaxies. [more]


Stellar baby boom

March 13, 2013

Astronomers observe starburst galaxies in early space with the ALMA telescope – and discover the most distant detection of water published to date [more]

Research publications 2012

Germany joins the SKA Organisation

December 20, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation has approved Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as the tenth member of the organisation to participate in the detailed design of the SKA telescope. [more]


Physical constant passes the alcohol test

December 13, 2012

Fundamental properties of molecules have not changed during the past seven billion years [more]


Cosmic refinery

November 23, 2012

Using IRAM's 30m-telescope, astronomers find indications for vast petroleum reservoirs in the Horsehead Nebula [more]


A black widow's Tango Mortale in gamma-ray light

October 25, 2012

Max Planck scientists discover record-breaking millisecond pulsar with new analysis method [more]


A magnification of two million

July 18, 2012

Telescope network zooms in on the heart of a distant quasar [more]


Close-up of active galactic nucleus

July 06, 2012

First interferometric signals between the Effelsberg telescope and orbital radio telescope Spektr-R [more]


Fuel for the Black Hole

May 18, 2012

First investigations with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer reveal the dust torus around the black hole in a galactic nucleus [more]


OD and SH – two new molecules in space

May 10, 2012

The German GREAT receiver on board of the flying observatory SOFIA studies the birth of stars in the galaxy [more]


Millisecond pulsars: the discovery of deceleration

February 02, 2012

Stellar astrophysics helps to explain the behaviour of fast rotating neutron stars in binary systems [more]

Research publications 2011

Millisecond pulsar in spin mode

November 03, 2011

The gamma radiation of a rapidly rotating neutron star casts doubt on the models of the origin of such objects [more]


Nine new gamma pulsars

November 03, 2011

Discoveries in Fermi telescope data thanks to method used in gravitational wave astronomy [more]


Beacons in space

November 03, 2011

Pulsars are fascinating celestial bodies with an interesting history [more]


Sofia en route to Germany

September 20, 2011

On 17 September 2011 Sofia, the airborne observatory, flew from Palmdale, California to Cologne, Germany. Author Alexander Stirn was on board. This is his log. [more]


The observatory above the clouds

September 19, 2011

Airborne observatory Sofia provides astronomers with a new window into space [more]


An atlas of the Milky Way

August 30, 2011

Sino-German research group draws a new map at the Urumqi radio telescope and discovers two supernova remnants [more]


The diamond planet

August 30, 2011

Radio wave observations show the transformation of a galaxy into a millisecond pulsar and its companion planet [more]


Bleach discovered in space

July 08, 2011

Astronomers find key molecule hydrogen peroxide with the APEX Telescope in Chile [more]


Finger on the pulse of the pulsars

May 05, 2011

European Lofar telescope provides the most sensitive observation to date at low frequency [more]


The antenna in the valley

May 05, 2011

The construction of the 100-metre radio telescope four decades ago bears witness to the fine art of engineering [more]


Interview with Michael Kramer: "The 100-m telescope is better than ever before"

May 05, 2011

An interview with Michael Kramer on the scientific value of the 100-metre telescope [more]


High Flying Astronomy with German Instrument

April 14, 2011

Infrared Spectrometer on board the Sofia observatory successfully completes maiden flight [more]


Supergiant star with a thick dust disc

January 26, 2011

New 3D imaging technique drops the veil on the velocity field of an old sun - revealing an invisible companion [more]

Research publications 2010

Switching on the light in the freezer

December 20, 2010

Astronomers observe a rare molecule within a star-forming cloud [more]


A glimpse into a star's cradle

July 19, 2010

Max Planck researchers use interferometric observations to reveal the mysterious birth of massive stars [more]


Astronomers making good time

June 24, 2010

Correcting for rotational instabilities of pulsars, the most precise clocks in the Universe [more]


Pulsars in many octaves

April 22, 2010

Combination of new technology telescope LOFAR with existing facilities promises new insight into the physics of neutron stars [more]

Research publications 2009

Unveiling the true face of a gigantic star

July 29, 2009

High-resolution observations of the star Betelgeuse show for the first time the violent gas movements on its surface [more]


Taking a peek into the hidden universe

May 08, 2009

Instruments developed at Max Planck Institutes at work on Herschel, the largest space telescope ever built [more]


Tracking down organic molecules

April 21, 2009

Researcher discover two highly complex organic molecules detected in space [more]


In the heart of the Orion Nebula

April 02, 2009

First high-resolution image of the young high-mass binary star Theta 1 Ori C with ESO's VLT interferometer [more]

Research publications 2008

Water in the early Universe

December 18, 2008

Water detected at record distance with the Effelsberg 100 m radio telescope [more]


The true colour of black hole disks

July 23, 2008

A new observing technique reveals the spectral behaviour of accretion disks around black holes in quasars [more]


Close-up of a dying heavyweight

May 27, 2008

Max Planck astronomers detect a dust torus around a supergiant star [more]


New organic molecule in space

March 26, 2008

Scientists detect amino acetonitrile near the centre of our Milky Way [more]

Research publications 2006

Nuclear explosion on a dead star

July 19, 2006

Astronomers probe the aftermath of a giant outburst of RS Ophiuchi [more]


Sub-millimetre Astronomy in Full Swing on Southern Skies

July 13, 2006

APEX Results to be published in Special Issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics [more]


Cold Gas in the Andromeda Galaxy

June 29, 2006

New radio map shows distribution of star forming regions in great detail [more]


Did "Dark Matter" Create the First Stars?

March 15, 2006

Dark matter could be "sterile" neutrinos, whose decay led to the formation of stars in the early universe [more]


New "Planet" Is Larger than Pluto

February 01, 2006

Astronomers measure the size of the recently discovered solar system object [more]

Research publications 2005

CONDOR’s First Look at the Universe

December 22, 2005

First light of a state-of-the-art terahertz receiver at the APEX telescope in Chile [more]


AMBER Looks Into the Cradle of Planets

November 28, 2005

International team of astronomers uses a new infrared interferometer at the VLT to get surprising views of cosmic disks of dust and gas [more]


New Sub-Millimetre Light in the Desert

July 14, 2005

APEX telescope sees First Light at Chajnantor [more]


Galaxies in Motion

March 04, 2005

Radio astronomers measure for first time the galactic dance of a neighboring galaxy [more]

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