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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. [more]
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Kippenhahn Prize 2018 for single author paper by Aoife Boyle

July 24, 2019
During this year’s MPA summer get-together, Aoife Boyle received the 2018 Kippenhahn Prize for the best student paper at MPA for her publication on “Understanding the neutrino mass constraints achievable by combining CMB lensing and spectroscopic galaxy surveys”. The selection committee was very impressed by her single author paper, which in today’s publishing culture is quite rare. [more]
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Successful launch of the Spectrum-RG mission

July 13, 2019
On July 13, 2019, at 14:31 CEST the Russian-German Spectrum-RG satellite mission has been launched from the Baikonur Kosmodrom by a Proton rocket. The space observatory carries two multi-mirror grazing incidence X-ray telescopes: eROSITA, built by the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Garching, Germany), and ART-XC, built by the Space Research Institute (Moscow, Russia). After a spectacular launch the spacecraft attained 3-axis stabilization and started its 100-day long journey to the Lagrange point L2 of the Sun-Earth system. [more]
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Biermann Lectures 2019: Kinetic modeling of astrophysical plasmas

June 03, 2019
By Professor Anatoly Spitkovsky, Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University [more]
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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]
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Astronomers publish new sky map detecting hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies

February 19, 2019
An international team of more than 200 astronomers from 18 countries has published the first phase of a major new sky survey at unprecedented sensitivity using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope. The survey reveals hundreds of thousands of previously undetected galaxies, shedding new light on many research areas including the physics of black holes and how clusters of galaxies evolve. A special issue of the scientific journal Astronomy & Astrophysics is dedicated to the first twenty-six research papers describing the survey and its first results. [more]
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Francesca Fragkoudi wins Falling Walls Science Engagement Prize of the Year 2018

February 01, 2019
For her science outreach project "Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace" in Cyprus, MPA researcher Francesca Fragkoudi won the “Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year” in 2018 together with Shane McCracken “I am scientist, get me out of here“.  The prize was presented at the Falling Walls Conference in November 2018 in Berlin. [more]
 
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