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.
Star Formation and Galaxy Evolution(Amélie Saintonge)
Galaxies grow and evolve through successive episodes of star formation; central to this picture are therefore the flows of gas that feed the interstellar medium, the processes that regulate the formation of stars, and the energetic feedback that returns material and energy to the larger scale environment.
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 Gregory Desvignes from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has used the Effelsberg and Jodrell Bank radio telescopes to observe the precessing magnetar XTE J1810-197 — a highly ...

Sagittarius A*

March 27, 2024

A new image from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, with significant contribution of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, has uncovered strong and organized magnetic fields spiraling from the edge of the supermassive ...


The newly discovered long-period radio transient ASKAP J1935+2148 with a period of 53.8 minutes is exhibiting three distinct emission states. Observations with the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa played a crucial role in distinguishing ...

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), has achieved the historic first detection of astronomical radio signals using Very Long Baseline ...

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