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ESA: GAIA´s data release 3 – news from the Milky Way

On June 13, 2022, ESA’s Gaia mission released its new treasure trove of data about Milky Way. Astronomers describe strange ‘starquakes’, stellar DNA, asymmetric motions and other fascinating insights in this most detailed Milky Way survey to date. Gaia is ESA’s mission to create the most accurate and complete multi-dimensional map of the Milky Way. Gaia’s [...]

By | 2022-06-14T08:12:09+00:00 June 14th, 2022|press release|Comments Off on ESA: GAIA´s data release 3 – news from the Milky Way

EHT: Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy

Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. The image was produced using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes. Progress on the EHT continues, the ongoing expansion of the EHT network and significant technological upgrades will [...]

By | 2022-05-13T11:57:39+00:00 May 13th, 2022|announcement, press release|Comments Off on EHT: Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy

EHT Image of the Black Hole in Sgr A* – MPIfR scientists tell the story

Get here inside information, emotional backgrounds, and exciting explanations from scientist of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy on the groundbreaking image of Sgr A* .   Image: © EHT Collaboration This is the first image of Sagittarius A* (or Sgr A* for short), the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.  It’s [...]

By | 2022-05-13T07:05:23+00:00 May 13th, 2022|announcement, press release|Comments Off on EHT Image of the Black Hole in Sgr A* – MPIfR scientists tell the story

ESO: surprising changes in Neptune’s temperatures

An international team of astronomers have used ground-based telescopes, including the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), to track Neptune’s atmospheric temperatures over a 17-year period. They found a surprising drop in Neptune’s global temperatures followed by a dramatic warming at its south pole. This research was presented in the paper “Sub-Seasonal Variation [...]

By | 2022-04-11T12:31:29+00:00 April 11th, 2022|announcement, press release|Comments Off on ESO: surprising changes in Neptune’s temperatures

Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope detected the light of a star that existed within the first billion years after the universe’s birth in the big bang – the farthest individual star ever seen to date. The newly detected star is so far away that its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, appearing to [...]

By | 2022-04-01T12:29:52+00:00 April 1st, 2022|press release|Comments Off on Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen

The start of the birth of planets in a binary star system observed

Astronomers have observed primordial material that may be giving birth to three planetary systems around a binary star in unprecedented detail. Bringing together three decades of study, an international group of scientists have observed a pair of stars orbiting each other, to reveal that these stars are surrounded by disks of gas and dust. Research [...]

By | 2022-03-28T06:37:13+00:00 March 28th, 2022|press release|Comments Off on The start of the birth of planets in a binary star system observed

Images at the Highest Angular Resolution in Astronomy

An international team of researchers including several scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) has obtained an image of radio emission in the active galaxy OJ 287 at an angular resolution of 12 micro arcseconds, which is presently the highest resolution achieved in astronomical observations. This has been made possible with the [...]

By | 2022-01-20T13:18:55+00:00 January 20th, 2022|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Images at the Highest Angular Resolution in Astronomy

Two ERC Starting Grants awarded to (space) weather research projects with the LOFAR radio telescope

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded two of its prestigious Starting Grants to ASTRON scientists for research projects using the LOFAR radio telescope. One project will use LOFAR to create detailed images of lightning on Earth, the other aims to detect space weather events and magnetic fields around exoplanets. Read more on the ASTRON [...]

By | 2022-01-19T11:18:51+00:00 January 19th, 2022|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Two ERC Starting Grants awarded to (space) weather research projects with the LOFAR radio telescope

ERC awards €619m in its first research grants under Horizon Europe

Following the first call for proposals under the EU’s new R&I programme, Horizon Europe, €619 million will be invested in excellent projects dreamed up by scientists and scholars. The selected proposals cover all disciplines of research, from the medical applications of artificial intelligence, to the science of controlling matter by using light, to designing a [...]

By | 2022-01-10T11:35:24+00:00 January 10th, 2022|announcement, press release|Comments Off on ERC awards €619m in its first research grants under Horizon Europe