Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Research publications

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Research publications 2018

Migration of stars

February 26, 2018

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


The universe out of the supercomputer

February 01, 2018

Computer simulations show the formation of galaxies with unprecedented precision [more]

Research publications 2017

Research highlights from our yearbook

June 22, 2017

The yearbook of the Max Planck Society illustrates the research carried out at our institutes. We selected a few reports from our 2017 yearbook to illustrate the variety and diversity of topics and projects. [more]


Shedding light on the cosmic web

April 27, 2017

Astronomers use the light of double quasars to measure the structure of the universe [more]

Research publications 2016

Earth-like planet near Proxima Centauri

August 24, 2016

Astronomers discover a celestial body in the habitable zone around our nearest fixed star [more]


The secret life of the Orion nebula

May 14, 2016

The interplay of magnetic fields and gravitation in the gas cloud lead to the birth of new stars [more]

Research publications 2015

How stars grow into heavyweights

November 02, 2015

Astronomers find a stable disk around a young, massive sun [more]


Stellar disk in wave-like motion

October 07, 2015

Astronomers detect unusual structures in AU Microscopii [more]


Quasar quartet puzzles scientists

May 14, 2015

Astronomers must rethink models about the development of large-scale cosmic structures [more]


The forces that move stars in galaxies

March 27, 2015

A new mechanism explains the strange orbit of suns in elliptical galactic systems [more]


How to recognize life on distant planets

March 18, 2015

Astronomers and biologists investigate the colour properties of 137 different microorganisms [more]

Research publications 2014

Origins of Life: Worlds Meet

September 20, 2014

Besides carrying genetic code, RNA also catalyses the translation of that code into proteins. This means that RNA can account for a surprising amount of the story. [more]


Recipe for star formation

April 10, 2014

Researchers develop a model to reconstruct spatial structure of molecule clouds [more]


The world traveller

March 05, 2014

Lisa Kaltenegger deals with other planets – and quite successfully at that [more]


Where dwarves collide

February 25, 2014

Studying Andromeda II, astronomers observe where little galaxies come from [more]


Surface map of a brown dwarf

January 29, 2014

Astronomers study exotic bodies outside the atmosphere [more]


Black hole illuminates cosmic web

January 19, 2014

For the first time, astronomers capture image of the large-scale filamentary structures in space [more]

Research publications 2013

In the stellar delivery room

December 11, 2013

Molecular clouds in the whirlpool galaxy appear to be embedded in fog, whose pressure is crucial in determining the birth of suns [more]


A rare snapshot of a planetary construction site

October 24, 2013

The unusual disk around the star HD 21997 contains both gas and dust [more]


Crooked light

October 15, 2013

Astronomers detect gravitational lens at record distance – and can hardly believe their luck [more]


Lonely planets in space

October 10, 2013

Two newly detected celestial objects without host star help astronomers in their understanding of star formation [more]


A galaxy refuels

October 07, 2013

Astronomers observe distant galaxy powered by primordial cosmic fuel [more]


Portrait of a Jupiter twin

August 06, 2013

Subaru telescope snaps image of exoplanet GJ 504 b, which orbits a Sun-like star [more]


The limits to galactic growth

July 24, 2013

In the system NGC 253, astronomers observe outflows of matter curtailing the birth of stars [more]


A heavyweight for Einstein

April 25, 2013

Observations of the most massive neutron star confirm Einstein's Relativity Theory [more]


Two second Earths

April 18, 2013

Astronomers have discovered two exoplanets in the constellation of Lyra where habitable conditions probably exist [more]


A galaxy is not enough

April 18, 2013

Astronomers discover that behind the most productive star systems more hide [more]


Stellar emybros in dust cocoons

March 21, 2013

Astronomers find the youngest known protostars yet [more]


In the planetary nursery

January 30, 2013

Astronomers determine the mass of the disk of gas and dust surrounding the star TW Hydrae [more]

Research publications 2012

Black hole upsets galaxy models

November 29, 2012

An unusually massive object at the heart of a tiny galaxy is challenging the theory [more]


Portrait of a super-Jupiter

November 19, 2012

A discovery in the Andromeda constellation sheds new light on the birth of planets [more]


Cosmic birthplaces, and a dash of Hollywood

October 31, 2012

The Herschel Space Telescope provides new findings on the birth of distant suns [more]


On the edge of time and space

June 14, 2012

Galaxy HDF850.1 can be seen as it was 12.5 billion years ago [more]


Fossil planets

March 29, 2012

Astronomers discover a solar system from the early days of our universe [more]


Stars made from galactic recycling material

March 14, 2012

Astronomers observe how gas flows back to distant Milky Ways, producing new suns [more]


Tiny galaxy with a huge appetite

February 08, 2012

For the first time, astronomers have caught a so-called dwarf galaxy in the process of swallowing another, even smaller galaxy. [more]

Research publications 2011

The stars no longer twinkle

November 28, 2011

Adaptive optics technology at the Very Large Telescope has revolutionized the astronomical observation techniques  


Stellar midwives

November 16, 2011

Magnetic fields play a key role in channeling matter to form denser clouds and produce new suns



Population explosion in dwarf galaxies

November 10, 2011

Unusually productive dwarf galaxies pose a riddle, but simultaneously appear to solve the riddle of the unusual distribution of Dark Matter


Nemesis is a myth

August 01, 2011

Max Planck researchers refutes the claim that Earth is periodically hit by asteroids or comets [more]


Back to the roots of the solar system

February 17, 2011

Max Planck astronomers observe planets in the making [more]


Black Holes are softly fed

January 05, 2011

Galactic mergers not the major feeding mechanism for mass monsters [more]

Research publications 2010

Jupiter from another galaxy

November 18, 2010

Max Planck scientists detect an exoplanet which circles an immigrant red giant [more]


"Coreshine" sheds light on the birth of stars

September 23, 2010

Astronomers discover a new phenomenon in molecular clouds [more]


Sharper than Hubble

June 15, 2010

Large Binocular Telescope achieves major breakthrough [more]


Restless stars

June 07, 2010

High precision study reveals surprising unrest in massive star clusters [more]


Making the invisible visible

April 21, 2010

New workhorse for the world’s largest optical telescope [more]


The Universe’s First Black Holes

March 24, 2010

Astronomers find primitive quasars with the help of the Spitzer Space Telescope [more]

Research publications 2009

The first portrait of a cool planet

December 07, 2009

Max Planck astronomers have succeeded in directly imaging a faint object that orbits a Sun-like star [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]


Infant galaxies - small and hyperactive

February 05, 2009

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy detect that stars were forming at record speeds in the small core region of an infant galaxy [more]

Research publications 2007

Why is the Hercules Dwarf Galaxy so flat?

September 14, 2007

First accepted refereed publication based on observations with the new Large Binocular Telescope [more]

Research publications 2006

A film of the heavens

October 11, 2006

Project to create a revolutionary map and first movie of the sky [more]

Research publications 2005

"First Light" for the Large Binocular Telescope

October 26, 2005

The largest and most modern single telescope in the world has provided its first images of the heavens, and German astronomers made a significant contribution [more]


Even 'Failed Stars' Form Planets

October 25, 2005

An international team of astronomers shows that even brown dwarfs start to form planets [more]

Research publications 2004

Mining for Cosmic Treasures with GEMS

January 15, 2004

Largest Hubble color image tells the history of the Universe [more]

Research publications 2003

Are there Earth-like Planets near other Stars?

February 24, 2003

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg has organized the first international conference with the emphasis on the space missions "DARWIN" and "Terrestrial Planet Finder" [more]

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