Dr. Norbert Junkes
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Phone:+49 228 525-399

Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn


ALMA Links with Other Observatories to Create Earth-sized Virtual Telescope

November 11, 2015
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) continues to expand its power and capabilities by linking with other millimeter-wavelength telescopes in Europe and North American in a series of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) observations.  Successful detection of fringes was reached for observations on 30 March 2015 by linking ALMA with IRAM’s 30-m telescope in Pico Veleta, Spain, and for further observations on 1-3 August 2015 between ALMA and the Very Long Baseline Array in the USA.  Post-processing analysis is being performed at the MPIfR in Bonn [more]

First Successful Mission of upGREAT

June 12, 2015
The far-infrared spectrometer upGREAT, developed and built by a consortium of German research institutes, led by Rolf Güsten from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, recently completed its first successful mission onboard SOFIA. The air-borne observatory SOFIA is a joint project of NASA (USA) and DLR (Germany). Four commissioning flights between May 13 and May 22, 2015, showed the performance of upGREAT. [more]

World’s largest radio telescope has a permanent home for its headquarters

April 30, 2015
At their meeting on Wednesday 29 April, the Members of the SKA Organisation decided that negotiations should start with the UK government to locate the permanent headquarters of the SKA project in the UK, at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank site. Germany is one of 11 member countries of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. [more]

A Sharp View into Black Holes

April 21, 2015
Planet-Sized Telescope Connects Chile and the South Pole [more]

The world’s largest radio telescope takes a major step towards construction

March 09, 2015
SKA Organisation HQ – At their meeting last week at the SKA Organisation Headquarters near Manchester, UK, the SKA Board of Directors unanimously agreed to move the world’s largest radio telescope forward to its final pre-construction phase. The design of the €650M first phase of the SKA (SKA1) is now defined, consisting of two complementary world-class instruments – one in Australia and one in South Africa – both expecting to deliver exciting and transformational science. [more]

SOFIA Airborne Observatory Begins 2015 Science Campaign

January 15, 2015
First series of flights uses German receiver GREAT [more]

Opening the African Sky

December 02, 2014
Max Planck Institute in Bonn builds new receiver for the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa [more]

GREAT Far-IR Spectrometer Opens Window to New Science Opportunities

June 11, 2014
4.7 Terahertz Spectroscopy with SOFIA, the airborne observatory [more]

Excellent Pulsar Research

May 08, 2014
"Foundation for Physics and Astronomy in Bonn" presents award for doctoral thesis of John Antoniadis [more]

The 100m Radio Telescope on Display in Heidelberg

May 07, 2014
A 1:100 scale model of the Effelsberg dish for the "Haus der Astronomie" [more]

£119M contribution from the UK for the SKA

March 11, 2014
The UK announced funding of £100M (€120M) for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, speaking ahead of an event at Jodrell Bank Observatory today. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope. Eleven countries including Germany are currently members of the SKA Organisation. [more]

Was Einstein right?

December 17, 2013
Scientists to image event horizon of black hole [more]

Orion's Hidden Fiery Ribbon

May 15, 2013
Picture Release No. 1321 of European Southern Observatory (ESO). A dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky. The orange glow represents faint light coming from grains of cold interstellar dust, at wavelengths too long for human eyes to see. It was observed by the MPIfR-built & ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) in Chile. [more]

Molecule Hunter in the Universe

April 30, 2013
After 3.5 years the liquid helium coolant on board of ESA's Herschel Space Observatory has finally run out. This means that the molecule hunter HIFI - one of its three instruments - has ceased to collect spectra. But the scientific heritage is impressive already. Thanks to HIFI, scientists now much better understand the cosmic cycle of gas which leads to for instance the birth of stars and planets, and the role (water) molecules play. [more]
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