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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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The 2015 Oskar Klein medal awarded to Rashid Sunyaev

February 04, 2016
Professor Rashid Sunyaev, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for astrophysics has been awarded the 2015 Oskar Klein medal by the Stockholm University and the Nobel Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Memorial lecture on "Unavoidable distortions in the spectrum of CMB and the Blackbody Photosphere of our Universe" took place on 4 February 2016 in the Oskar Klein Auditorium at the AlbaNova University Centre in Stockholm. [more]
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Simon White elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences

December 22, 2015
At its biennial Membership Election Meeting in November 2015, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) elected MPA director, Simon White, as a Foreign Member in recognition of his scientific achievements and his contributions to promoting the development of science and technology in China. [more]
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Fabian Schmidt receives ERC Starting Grant

December 15, 2015
In its 2015 round, the European Research Council (ERC) selected Fabian Schmidt from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics as one of the recipients for its highly competitive starting grant. This will allow Fabian Schmidt to establish his own research group to investigate the very early Universe and probe the general theory of relativity. [more]
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Eiichiro Komatsu elected APS Fellow

October 19, 2015
In its September meeting, the American Physical Society (APS) elected MPA director Eiichiro Komatsu as a Fellow. This distinction is recognition of his outstanding contributions to physics, in particular for his work on the analysis of the cosmic microwave background radiation and the physics of the early universe. [more]
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