Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

Auf dem Hügel 69
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

Decision in the competition "Knowledge Creates Perspectives for the Region": The German Center for Astrophysics (DZA), a new large-scale research center dedicated to astrophysics and thus advancing research, technology development and digitization ...

An international group of astrophysicists led by Maciek Wielgus from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, used the ALMA telescope at high altitude in Chile to investigate the immediate vicinity of Sagittarius A*, the ...


After graduating from the University of Bonn, Germany, Arshia Jacob completed research for her dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), graduating summa cum laude in 2021, and works as postdoctoral researcher at Johns ...

The 100-m radio telescope of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn celebrated its 50th birthday in 2021. To build the telescope in a valley in the Eifel hills about 40 km southwest of Bonn required a three and a half year construction ...

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