News at MPA

MPA scientists support global climate protests

On Friday, 20th September 2019, a group of MPA scientists joined 40 000 protesters in Munich for a global climate strike. While normally the astrophysicists are mainly interested in objects many light-years away from Earth, the scientists demonstrated that they are firmly rooted to our home planet by spending their (extended) lunch break in down-town Munich together with pupils, students and many others.
You can find here some impressions of the day:


A glimpse of extragalactic sky with the SRG Observatory: eROSITA opens its first eye

September 10, 2019

The SRG (Spektr-RG) Orbital Observatory has recently started one of its many tests by looking at a small patch of the extragalactic sky with one of the seven eROSITA telescope modules. The results are consistent with preflight expectations. The work on commissioning other modules is still underway and will be completed in the coming weeks before starting a 4-year long all-sky survey later this year.


Dirac Medal 2019 awarded to Rashid Sunyaev

August 08, 2019

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste has awarded its 2019 Dirac Medal and Prize to three physicists whose research has made a profound impact on modern cosmology. Rashid Sunyaev (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics) shares the prize with Viatcheslav Mukhanov (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) and Alexei Starobinsky (Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics) for “their outstanding contributions to the physics of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) with experimentally tested implications that have helped to transform cosmology into a precision scientific discipline by combining microscopic physics with the large scale structure of the Universe.” All three winners have made important contributions to the understanding of the early Universe in the context of inflationary cosmology.


Upcoming seminars

Generalized SU(2) Proca Inflation

Oct 21, 2019 14:15 - 15:15
Max-Planck-Institut für Physik / MPP, (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut), Föhringer Ring 6, 80805 München , Room: Seminar Room 313

The impact of hydrodynamical instabilities on the explosion mechanism of massive stars

Oct 21, 2019 15:30 - 16:30
MPA, Room: Large Lecture Hall E.0.11

The polarizing puzzle in dusty disks

Oct 22, 2019 12:00 - 13:00
ESO Headquarters, Garching, Room: Library (room 365)

Lensing in galaxy clusters, large-scale structure

Oct 24, 2019 15:15 - 16:00
ESO, Room: Auditorium "Eridanus"

Data science problems and approaches at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Oct 25, 2019 14:00 - 15:00
MPA, Room: New Seminar Room, E 0.11

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Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Scientific Members, Kollegium, Directors
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Prof. Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel
Prof. Dr. Simon D.M. White

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

Head of the administration
Hendrik Wanger


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