News at MPA

One sixth of the sky with the telescope SRG/eROSITA

February 04, 2020

A little more than a month has passed since the beginning of the regular all-sky survey of the SRG observatory, moving on a halo orbit around the Sun-Earth Lagrange point L2. Since the start of the scan, the ART-XC and eROSITA telescopes have already covered more than 1/6 of the entire celestial sphere and demonstrated the excellent capabilities of SRG in mapping the X-ray sky. By mid-June 2020, the scientists will have the first map of the entire sky, and after four years, each part of the sky will be covered 8 times, increasing the sensitivity of the survey by a record 20-30 times compared to the ROSAT map.

Progress in understanding the brightest explosions in the Universe

January 24, 2020

Some unidentified features in one of the brightest stellar explosions ever witnessed, SN 2006gy, have now been explained by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. The spectral lines arise from neutral iron - very unusual for such a high-energy event - and imply that more than a third of a solar mass of this heavy element was created. The dominance of iron in the spectrum rules out several previously proposed scenarios for SN 2006gy and instead opened up the door for a new one.

Of harps, Christmas trees, a wandering star and the mysterious streams of cosmic rays

December 19, 2019

Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP), and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching (MPA), have investigated galactic radio objects that adopt shapes such as Christmas trees and harps. They were able to answer the old question of the transport of cosmic rays.

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Upcoming seminars

Detector systematic effects and your science

Feb 24, 2020 10:45 - 11:45
ESO Headquarters, Garching, Room: Library (room 365)

Ionized Carbon as a Star Formation Rate Tracer in Dwarf Galaxy Mergers

Feb 25, 2020 11:00 - 12:00
MPA, Room: Old Lecture Hall 401

Young Suns Exoplanet Survey (YSES) reveals planets, brown dwarfs, and disks in Sco-Cen

Feb 25, 2020 12:00 - 13:00
ESO Headquarters, Garching, Room: Auditorium "Telescopium"

Galaxy evolution in over-dense environments

Feb 26, 2020 10:45 - 11:45
ESO Headquarters, Garching, Room: Library (room 365)

Planet Formation around Supermassive Black Holes

Feb 27, 2020 11:00 - 12:30
MPE, Room: New Seminar Room (X5 1.1.18b)

Powering galactic super-winds with small-scale AGN winds

Feb 27, 2020 11:10 - 12:00
MPA, Room: Library (room 365)

Powering galactic super-winds with small-scale AGN winds

Feb 28, 2020 11:00 - 12:00
MPA, Room: Old Lecture Hall 401

About MPA


Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Scientific Members, Kollegium, Directors
Prof. Dr. Guinevere Kauffmann
Prof. Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Emeritus Scientific Members
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hillebrandt
Prof. Dr. Rashid Sunyaev
Prof. Dr. Simon White

External Scientific Members
Prof. Dr. Martin Asplund
Prof. Dr. Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
Prof. Dr. Werner Tscharnuter

Head of the administration
Hendrik Wanger


Press and Public Relations
Dr. Hannelore Haemmerle
Phone: 089 30000-3980
Cornelia Rickl
Phone: 089 30000-2201
Dr. Hans-Thomas Janka
Phone: 089 30000-2228


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Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1
Postfach 1317
D-85741 Garching, Germany

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