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The Sky's Ancient Eye

July 25, 2016
An international team of researchers have discovered an extremely rare “double source plane” gravitational lensing system, in which two distant galaxies are simultaneously lensed by a foreground galaxy, as part of the on-going Subaru Strategic Survey with Hyper Suprime-Cam. The team dubbed the system ‘Eye of Horus’ as the system resembles this ancient Egyptian symbol.  Such a rare system is a unique probe of the fundamental physics of galaxies as well as cosmology. [more]
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1.2 Million Galaxies in 3D

July 14, 2016
What are the properties of Dark Energy? This question is one of the most intriguing ones in astronomy and scientists are one step closer in answering this question with the largest three-dimensional map of the universe so far: This map contains 1.2 million galaxies in a volume spanning 650 cubic billion light years. Hundreds of scientists from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) – including researchers at the Max Planck Institutes for Extraterrestrial Physics and for Astrophyics - used this map to make one of the most precise measurements yet of dark energy. They found excellent agreement with the standard cosmological model and confirmed that dark energy is highly consistent with a cosmological constant. [more]
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Thomas Ertl and Chia-Yu Hu receive Kippenhahn Prize 2015

July 05, 2016
Early July, the two junior MPA researchers Thomas Ertl and Chia-Yu Hu were awarded the Kippenhahn Prize 2015 for the two best scientific papers written by a student: Thomas Ertl for his publication “A two-parameter criterion for classifying the explodability of massive stars by the neutrino-driven mechanism”; Chia-Yu Hu for his paper “Star formation and molecular hydrogen in dwarf galaxies: a nonequilibrium view”. [more]
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Fabian Schmidt appointed to the „Junge Akademie“

June 11, 2016
A total of ten new members, including Fabian Schmidt of MPA, have been appointed to the Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. On 11 June 2016, they were introduced in an official ceremony in Berlin, starting a new phase in the interdisciplinary work of the Young Academy. [more]
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Biermann Lectures 2016: Magnetism and Radiation in Motion, in Disks and Jets

May 09, 2016
Black holes are fascinating – even though or especially because they cannot be seen; nothing, not even light, can escape their gravitational pull. Nevertheless their immediate surroundings are very interesting laboratories to study high-energy and relativistic processes in space. Astrophysical phenomena such as gas dynamics, magneto-hydrodynamics, and radiative transfer in a broad range of astrophysical phenomena will be the topic of this year’s Biermann Lectures by Mitchell Begelman from the University of Colorado. [more]

An active Girls‘ Day

April 28, 2016
Again in 2016, the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics invited 30 girls on the occasion of the nationwide Girls’ Day. Once the first shyness was overcome, the girls had lively discussions with the MPA scientists and asked many questions about astronomy and a career in science. [more]
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Interview with Sherry Suyu, new junior research group leader at MPA

February 15, 2016
Since the beginning of the year, MPA has a new Max Planck Junior Research Group leader: Sherry Suyu has started to work at the institute and will build up her small group over the next couple of years. Using strong gravitational lensing, she will try to shed light on the dark universe. [more]
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