Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

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D-53121 Bonn - Endenich

Research Departments

Fundamental Physics in Radio Astronomy (Michael Kramer)
Radio astronomical measurements allow the study of a variety of questions in fundamental physics. Those questions range from the equation-of-state of super-dense matter to the investigation of fundamental forces such as gravity and magnetism.
Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy (Karl Menten)
The research team uses the millimetre- and sub-millimetre range of the electromagnetic spectrum to observe various phenomena in the universe. The cosmic background radiation is also being investigated, as well as molecular clouds in the Milky Way and other galaxies.
Radio Astronomy / VLBI (Anton Zensus)
By employing radio-interferometry, extragalactic objects and their centres are investigated in great detail. The Very Long Base Line Interferometry (VLBI) method is applied by correlating data from telescopes distributed worldwide and using them as a “giant“ combined telescope within the framework of coordinated arrays as the the European VLBI network (EVN). In addition, global VLBI experiments are conducted in cooperation with telescopes in the USA.


Research News

An international research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has investigated blazars, accreting supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. Blazars show up when one of the emitted ...

An international team led by astronomers from Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has discovered a new type of stellar ...


For being the first to envision imaging the immediate surroundings of a black hole, and for his leadership of the “Event Horizon Telescope”, specifically designed for this purpose, Prof. Heino Falcke (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands &amp ...

The Effelsberg Radio Observatory, home of the giant 100-m Radio Telescope of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), will celebrate its next Open Day on Saturday, September 09, 2023, between 10 am and 5 pm. The Open Day provides an ...

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