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 Michael Kramer and Kuo Liu from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, have studied a rare species of ultra-dense stars, so called magnetars, to uncover an underlying law that appears to ...

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, with major contributions from the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR) and the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique, has published new results describing for the first time how light ...


Although the origins of Venus and Earth share some similarities, their atmospheres evolved in a markedly different way. The composition of Venus' atmosphere - mainly carbon dioxide and nitrogen - results from a running greenhouse effect in the past ...

The „Astroplot of the Week” Twitter image on October 14, 2023 is taken from the publication “Metrewave Galactic Plane with the uGMRT (MeGaPluG) Survey: Lessons from the pilot study” in Astronomy & Astrophysics with Rohit Dokara/MPIfR as first author ...

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