News at MPA

Because of Covid and to protect MPA employees, (large) public events continue to be suspended. External guests are subject to the 3G rule and need to proof their compliance on entering the MPA building.
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Our online science advent calendar is back! Each day until December 24, we will open a door of our advent calender for you to dazzle you with images from science and provide the scientific background to the image.

Supercomputer simulations show how stars skirt virtual black hole. Watch as eight stars approach a black hole 1 million times the mass of the Sun: all are stretched and deformed by the black hole’s gravity, some are completely pulled apart. These simulations, led by Taeho Ryu, a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, are the first to combine the physical effects of Einstein’s general theory of relativity with realistic stellar density models. 

By Prof. Victoria Kaspi, McGill University in Montréal, Canada


Nov 23, 2021 15:30 - 16:30
MPA, Room: online

Fast Radio Bursts

Nov 30, 2021 15:30 - 16:30
MPA, Room: online

The Case for and Against Fast Radio Bursts as Magnetars

Dec 7, 2021 15:30 - 16:30
MPA, Room: online

Upcoming seminars

Thermonuclear flashes the optical way - time for a ’da capo’

Dec 8, 2021 10:45 - 11:45
ESO Headquarters, Garching, Room: online only

Rethinking false vacuum decay

Dec 9, 2021 14:00 - 15:00
online - zoom

About MPA


Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Scientific Members, Kollegium, Directors
Dr. Selma E. de Mink
Prof. Dr. Guinevere Kauffmann
Prof. Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Emeritus Directors
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hillebrandt
Prof. Dr. Rashid Sunyaev
Prof. Dr. Simon White

External Scientific Members
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


Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1
Postfach 1317
D-85741 Garching, Germany

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