Here you can find a collection of articles and other materials that might be of interest to a more general audience.

MPA Anniversary Brochure
For its 50th Anniversary, the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics produced a brochure on both its history and current research (2008). You can download a pdf version of the brochure here.

Popular Science Articles

Here we present a selection of popular science articles published by or produced with the help of MPA authors.

Note: For a list of Annual Reports, please see here.

CMB Comic - Riding the early waves
In 2009, the United Nations proclaimed the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), commemorating that 400 years ago the Italian physicist Galileo Galilei had used a telescope to study the sky for the first time and made a number of important discoveries about the Moon and the planets. Also in 1609 Johannes Kepler published his "Astronomia nova", an epoch-making book on our solar system. In remembrance of these milestones the MPA initiated a number of projects to make children and grown-ups interested in astrophysics and astronomy.
One activity, in particular was this comic about the Cosmic Mikrowave Background. A printed version of the comic an be obtained from the public outreach office. more

Poster Gallery

For the Open House Day, the MPA has produced a number of posters on general astrophysics topics, which are also available online. Please note that these posters are in German.


About the work at MPA several videos have been produced.

  • Vodcasts: For the International Year of Astronomy 2009 a series of video podcasts has been recorded.
  • Educational films: Also the MPG produced some videos intended for the eduaction of pupils in  2009.
  • Cosmic Cinema: Even before that the MPA produced a series about several different astronomical topics that you can find here. These are also availiable in English.

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