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Issue 2018

MaxPlanckResearch 2/2018

In the Cosmic Chemistry Lab

As a young girl, she was a talented painter and had a keen interest in art. The course for her future seemed set. Then she happened upon a book − a book that transported her into the vastness of space and ultimately decided her career aspirations. Paola Caselli thus became, not an artist, but an astrochemist. As a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, she is still just as fascinated by cosmic clouds as she was when she was 12.

Issue 2013

MaxPlanckResearch 1/2013

The Architecture of Space
The universe resembles an unfathomably large honeycomb. Gigantic galaxy clusters occupy
the nodes of the waxy walls surrounding the cells composed of empty space. Hans Böhringer
at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching studies these
conglomerations of galaxies, and in the process, encounters the invisible aspects of space.
Issue 2012

MaxPlanckResearch 2/2012

The Satellite with X-ray Vision
In the early hours of October 23, 2011, ROSAT was engulfed in the waves of the Indian Ocean. This was the end of a success story that is unparalleled in German space exploration research. The satellite, developed and built by a team led by Joachim Trümper from the Garching based Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, not only found more than 150,000 new cosmic X-ray sources, it also revolutionized astronomy.

MaxPlanckResearch 1/2012

Recipes for the  Cosmic Cocktail
A pile of astronomy books and a telescope in his childhood bedroom. Space cast its spell on Sadegh Khochfar at an early age – and he is still captivated today. The 37-year-old now heads a Max Planck research group at the Garching-based Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, where he is at least as successful at piecing together the components of the universe as he was at mixing cocktails as a student.
Issue 2009

MPR Special "Innovation" /2009

Perceiving the Pattern
Pattern recognition aids in analyzing structures in the universe, music, melanomas and brain waves.

MPR 3 /2009

Signals from the Beginnings of the World
Astronomers can now observe the afterglow of gamma-ray bursts in the infrared.

MPR 2 /2009

Black Holes: The Shapers of the Galaxies
Black holes were long considered to be cosmic curiosities. But at the centers of galaxies, they play an important role.
Issue 2008
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