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

The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has recently resolved the jet base of an evolving jet of plasma at ultra-high angular resolution. The international ...

SKAMPI Takes Off

January 25, 2024

The journey into the golden age of radio astronomy continues with the SKA telescopes, which will become the largest radio telescope arrays on Earth in the coming years. The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn has played an active ...


An area of nearly 14 square degrees in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) was observed in the 12CO (3 − 2) molecular line with the APEX telescope in Chile. A research team led by Konstantin Grishunin & Axel Weiß (MPIfR Bonn) presents the results of ...

Arno A. Penzias received a Nobel prize in Physics 1978 together with Robert W. Wilson for their discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation. Between 1978 and 1984 he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (Fachbeirat) of the MPIfR (Link ...

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