Dr. Norbert Junkes
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
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Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn


Orion's Hidden Fiery Ribbon

May 15, 2013
Picture Release No. 1321 of European Southern Observatory (ESO). A dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky. The orange glow represents faint light coming from grains of cold interstellar dust, at wavelengths too long for human eyes to see. It was observed by the MPIfR-built & ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) in Chile. [more]

Molecule Hunter in the Universe

April 30, 2013
After 3.5 years the liquid helium coolant on board of ESA's Herschel Space Observatory has finally run out. This means that the molecule hunter HIFI - one of its three instruments - has ceased to collect spectra. But the scientific heritage is impressive already. Thanks to HIFI, scientists now much better understand the cosmic cycle of gas which leads to for instance the birth of stars and planets, and the role (water) molecules play. [more]

Gazing into the frozen stillness of the universe

March 19, 2013
The ALMA telescope installation begins delivering images of fresh planets, young stars, and distant galaxies. [more]

LOFAR telescope open for business

March 13, 2013
ASTRON press release about a 2-day workshop on March 19-20, 2013 about the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT). The first fully operational observing cycle has started and the telescope is open to the whole astronomical community, hence LOFAR is officially open for business. [more]

Setting the Dark on Fire

January 23, 2013
A new image from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile shows a beautiful view of clouds of cosmic dust in the region of Orion. While these dense interstellar clouds seem dark and obscured in visible-light observations, APEX’s LABOCA camera can detect the heat glow of the dust and reveal the hiding places where new stars are being formed. But one of these dark clouds is not what it seems. APEX is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) and ESO. Operation of APEX at Chajnantor is entrusted to ESO. The LABOCA Camera is project of the MPIfR. [more]

APEX Under the Moon

January 21, 2013
The first quarter Moon glows brightly in this exposure, outshining the surrounding celestial objects. APEX is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) and ESO. Operation of APEX at Chajnantor is entrusted to ESO. [more]

Herschel Medal for Michael Kramer - The Royal Astronomical Society honours Director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

January 11, 2013
The Royal Astronomical Society in London honours Michael Kramer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, with the Herschel Medal for his work in the field of gravitational physics. Kramer’s successes include the best tests for Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity for strong gravitational fields. [more]

The Stars Streak Overhead

December 10, 2012
This picture is the result of a long camera exposure of the night sky over the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes. APEX is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) and ESO. Operation of APEX at Chajnantor is entrusted to ESO. [more]

Measuring the universe’s ‘exit door’ - For the first time, an international team has measured the radius of a black hole.

September 27, 2012
Press Release of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on VLBI observations of the innermost region of M87 in the Virgo Cluster at a wavelength of 1.3 cm. Thomas Krichbaum from the MPIfR is Co-Author of the original paper published in "Science": Jet-Launching Structure Resolved Near the Supermassive Black Hole in M87 (Sciencexpress dated 27 September 2012, 10.1126/science.1224768). This work is part of the MPIfR's efforts to enable global VLBI observations at 1 mm wavelength. [more]

Double stars succumb to fatal attraction

September 25, 2012
(Ken Croswell). Nature News, September 25, 2012, about model computations on the evolution of short period binary systems. Two original papers have been published in "Astronomy and Astrophysics", with Tomasz Kaminski, Thomas Kaczmarek and Susanne Pfalzner (all MPIfR) as co-authors. [more]

NASA's SOFIA to Embark on New Cycle of Science Observations

August 30, 2012
News Release of the SOFIA Science Center.  NASA's and DLR's airborne observatory SOFIA is set to begin its first full cycle of science flights starting in November 2012 and extending through December 2013. The list of researchers is announced who have been awarded time to study the universe with this unique infrared observatory. [more]

Astronomers pinpoint elusive galaxy after decade-long hunt – and find it's not alone

June 13, 2012
Press Release of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomie (MPIA), Heidelberg, on the determination of the distance of the galaxy HDF850.1 from the "Hubble Deep Field" to 12.5 billion light years. [more]

Colliding galaxy cluster unravelled

May 23, 2012
Press release from ASTRON, Netherlands, on the observation of the galaxy cluster Abell 2256 with the international LOFAR Telescope Network. With the LOFAR-station Effelsberg the MPIfR is part of this project; and also within the framework of the DFG Research Unit "Kosmische Magnetfelder". [more]

Sifting through Dust near Orion's Belt

May 02, 2012
Photo Press Release of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on the observation of cosmic dust clouds in Orion with the "Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment" (APEX) and the LABOCA-camera, built by the MPIfR. [more]

Honorary Membership for Karl M. Menten

April 24, 2012
News Release (in German) about the nomination of MPIfR director Karl Menten as Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. [more]
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