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Prof. Dr. Riccardo Giacconi †
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Cornelia Rickl
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One of the largest and most detailed simulations of the cosmos has released most of its data to the public: the IllustrisTNG team are making more than 1 Petabyte of their data available to the public. The IllustrisTNG simulation is special for the diversity of length scales it includes: Not only the largest possible structures in the cosmos, tens of millions of light-years, but details right down to the scale of structures within galaxies, less than a few thousand light-years. This makes for diverse applications within astronomy – from studies of the large-scale structure of the universe to studies of galaxy formation, star formation within galaxies, or the intergalactic medium. The data is available for download, but can also be explored interactively, please see the link below.

Explore the TNG universe

One of the largest and most detailed simulations of the cosmos has released most of its data to the public: the IllustrisTNG team are making more than 1 Petabyte of their data available to the public. The IllustrisTNG simulation is special for the diversity of length scales it includes: Not only the largest possible structures in the cosmos, tens of millions of light-years, but details right down to the scale of structures within galaxies, less than a few thousand light-years. This makes for diverse applications within astronomy – from studies of the large-scale structure of the universe to studies of galaxy formation, star formation within galaxies, or the intergalactic medium. The data is available for download, but can also be explored interactively, please see the link below.

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Tricky questions, recalcitrant computers, working not in your mother tongue – the girls visiting MPA for this year’s Girls’ Day were faced with many challenges. Fortunately, MPA scientists supported them in their tasks so that at the end of a very busy day, all groups not only finished their tasks but also got an insight into what it means to be working at a scientific institute.

Girls as researchers

March 28, 2019

Tricky questions, recalcitrant computers, working not in your mother tongue – the girls visiting MPA for this year’s Girls’ Day were faced with many challenges. Fortunately, MPA scientists supported them in their tasks so that at the end of a very busy day, all groups not only finished their tasks but also got an insight into what it means to be working at a scientific institute. [more]
In contrast to popular belief, lightning often does strike twice, but the reason why a lightning channel is ‘reused’ has remained a mystery. Now, an international research team led by the University of Groningen and including scientists from Germany has used the LOFAR radio telescope, which also includes a station operated by the MPA, to study the development of lightning flashes in unprecedented detail.

Why lightning often strikes twice

In contrast to popular belief, lightning often does strike twice, but the reason why a lightning channel is ‘reused’ has remained a mystery. Now, an international research team led by the University of Groningen and including scientists from Germany has used the LOFAR radio telescope, which also includes a station operated by the MPA, to study the development of lightning flashes in unprecedented detail. [more]
 
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