Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Research publications

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Research publications 2018

The backbone of the night

July 27, 2018

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


“The galactic centre offers fantastic opportunities”

July 26, 2018

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

Research publications 2017

Gravitational waves from merging neutron stars

October 17, 2017

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


Ring around a dwarf planet detected

October 11, 2017

Ten observatories put their sight on the dwarf planet [more]


Less dark matter in distant galaxies?

March 16, 2017

Milky Way systems in the early universe consist mainly of gas and stars [more]

Research publications 2016

1.2 million galaxies in 3D

July 14, 2016

Astronomers hope a new map will help to shed light on the dark side of the universe [more]


Black hole in a lonely galaxy

April 07, 2016

Astronomers find unusual descendant of a quasar [more]

Research publications 2015

The turbulent heart of the Milky Way

August 20, 2015

Using the X-ray satellite XMM-Newton, astronomers observe the events around the black hole at the centre of our galaxy [more]


Abell 4067 shows collision of two galaxy clusters

January 16, 2015

X-ray observations by Max Planck scientists show how the two systems merge [more]

Research publications 2014

Gas cloud in the galactic centre

November 25, 2014

Max Planck researchers discover that two clouds belong to the same complex [more]

Research publications 2013

Max Planck Institutes play crucial role in ESA's next large missions

November 28, 2013

The European Space Agency is now selecting topics for the next large missions in which Max Planck researchers will play a crucial role [more]


In the clutches of a black hole

July 17, 2013

Gas cloud swings around gravity monster at the heart of the Milky Way [more]


The night's spine

June 12, 2013

For millenia, people of all cultures have been fascinated by the Milky Way. But what's behind the diffusely gleaming band of light that stretches across the sky on clear nights? [more]


The evolution of galaxies

June 10, 2013

When we look up to the sky on a dark, clear summer night (rare in Germany) we see the shimmering band of the Milky Way stretching from horizon to horizon. This is our home in the Universe, a galaxy consisting of approximately one hundred billion stars. [more]

Research publications 2012

Looking for clues in the cosmic network

April 02, 2012

Observing the galaxy distribution when the universe was half its current age [more]

Research publications 2011

A big meal coming up for galactic black hole

December 14, 2011

Astronomers discover a gas cloud which will soon be swallowed up by the object Saggitarius A* [more]


The magnetic field pattern of the Milky Way

December 06, 2011

New all-sky map shows complex structure of magnetic fields in unprecedented detail [more]


2005 YU55 resembles a collection of rocks hurtling through space

November 17, 2011

The Herschel Space Observatory catches a glimpse of the minor planet during its rendezvous with Earth [more]


Huge storms sweep entire galaxies clean

May 11, 2011

The infred space observatory Herschel discovers how Milky Way systems lose substance [more]


Dark matter does not act as a growth factor

January 26, 2011

Galaxy bulges determine the mass of central black holes [more]

Research publications 2010

Massive black holes "switched on" by galaxy collision

June 14, 2010

Researchers find the reason for active galactic nuclei [more]


Black holes - gas blowers of the Universe

May 11, 2010

Gravity monsters expel gas not only from their host galaxies but even from the space inside galaxy groups [more]


Death of a star in three dimensions

May 11, 2010

New computer models show in detail how supernovae obtain their shape [more]


Stars in the fast lane - going round and round

March 09, 2010

Two white dwarfs orbit each other in the smallest known binary system in a mere 5 minutes [more]


Pin-pointing water in space

February 25, 2010

For the first time, scientists succeeded in localising large amounts of water in a disk around a young star [more]


Young galaxies gorge on gas

February 25, 2010

Scientists find explanation for higher star formation rate in the early universe [more]

Research publications 2009

Herschel Space Telescope uncovers the sources of the Cosmic Infrared Background

December 16, 2009

A weak cosmic infrared radiation field contains messages about the evolution of galaxies [more]


Gamma-Ray Bursts

October 15, 2009

Astronomers can now observe the afterglow of gamma-ray bursts in the infrared. [more]


Herschel’s first glimpse into space

June 19, 2009

The Herschel Space Observatory sends back the first images to earth: the image quality is outstanding [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]


Galactic X-ray emissions originate from stars

May 04, 2009

Astronomers identify the origin of the diffuse radiation in the plane of the Milky Way [more]

Research publications 2008

Surprising flashes from a possible magnetar

September 26, 2008

Observations of optical flares reveal limits of established theories on magnetars [more]


Black hole expelled from its parent galaxy

April 30, 2008

Max Planck Astronomers discover a gravitationally propelled mass monster [more]

Research publications 2007

A Mighty Duo

October 29, 2007

The discovery of the stellar black hole with the greatest mass to date and its companion star baffles astrophysicists [more]

Research publications 2006

An integrated carbon observation system for Europe

November 07, 2006

Pan-European infrastructure for climate research has been included in the first European roadmap for new large-scale research infrastructures. [more]

A film of the heavens

October 11, 2006

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


Old Pulsars - New Tricks

July 25, 2006

Max Planck scientists gain insights into how neutron stars produce X-radiation [more]


A Neutron Star Tumbling through Space

April 20, 2006

Not all pulsars rotate with the stability that astrophysicts had previously assumed [more]


A image of radioactivity from the inner part of our galaxy

January 04, 2006

Max Planck astronomers, using INTEGRAL, identify regions of new atomic-nuclei production [more]

Research publications 2005

Zigzag course to the stars

August 16, 2005

In the year 2005, Günther Hasinger, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics at that time, was the first astronomer in 15 years to be awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize. But the path that led Hasinger to the stars has not been without its detours. [more]


Black Holes in a radar trap

February 23, 2005

Using the X-ray Satellite XMM-Newton researchers measure velocities near the speed of light in the vicinity of cosmic mass monsters [more]

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