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Zooming in on a surprising ring

In a new paper led by Daizhong Liu (Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics), observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) were combined to study the motion of gas within PJ0116-24. ALMA traces cold gas, seen here in blue, whereas the VLT, with its new Enhanced Resolution Imager and [...]

By | 2024-07-16T13:37:38+00:00 July 16th, 2024|press release, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Zooming in on a surprising ring

Ten new neutron stars for Terzan 5

Astronomers find and study multiple rare and unusual pulsars in dense stellar cluster using MeerKAT in South Africa and the U.S. Green Bank Telescope. An international team led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory has discovered ten rapidly [...]

By | 2024-07-16T12:20:13+00:00 July 16th, 2024|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Ten new neutron stars for Terzan 5

Astronomers Discover Parallel Disks and Jets Erupting from a Pair of Young Stars

Astronomers recently used two very different and powerful telescopes, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and NASA's James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), to discover twin disks and twin parallel jets erupting from young stars in a multiple-star system. This discovery was unexpected and unprecedented, given the stars, disks, and jets' age, size, [...]

By | 2024-06-17T08:58:48+00:00 June 17th, 2024|press release|Comments Off on Astronomers Discover Parallel Disks and Jets Erupting from a Pair of Young Stars

Origin of fast radio bursts came into focus through polarized light

An international team of astronomers suspects based on their findings that non-repeating fast radio bursts (FRBs) probably originate from galaxies similar to our Milky Way. The team compared the polarised light from 128 of these non-repeating FRBs with repeating ones. The researchers published their results in The Astrophysical Journal with the title Polarization Properties of [...]

By | 2024-06-12T09:03:46+00:00 June 12th, 2024|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Origin of fast radio bursts came into focus through polarized light

Opticon RadioNet Pilot new series: Science talk

On 3 April 2024, ORP launched the first episode of the online series "ORP science talk". This series allows scientists from the optical and radio spectrum, from ORP beyond, to present their work and scientific results. In the first episode Zsofia Nagy talked about young stellar objects and  Cosimo Inserra about  supernovas. Rob Beswick from the [...]

By | 2024-04-15T11:26:07+00:00 April 15th, 2024|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Opticon RadioNet Pilot new series: Science talk

A wobbling magnetised star challenges the origin of repeating fast radio bursts

An international research team led by Gregory Desvignes from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn/DE has used the Effelsberg and Jodrell Bank radio telescopes to observe the precessing magnetar XTE J1810-197 — a highly magnetised and ultra-dense neutron star — shortly after its X-ray enhanced activity and radio reactivation. This precession damped [...]

By | 2024-04-10T11:01:19+00:00 April 10th, 2024|announcement, press release|Comments Off on A wobbling magnetised star challenges the origin of repeating fast radio bursts

Astronomers Unveil Strong Magnetic Fields Spiraling at the Edge of Milky Way’s Central Black Hole

A new image from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has uncovered strong and organized magnetic fields spiraling from the edge of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Seen in polarized light for the first time, this new view of the monster lurking at the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy has revealed [...]

By | 2024-04-25T11:12:02+00:00 March 27th, 2024|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Astronomers Unveil Strong Magnetic Fields Spiraling at the Edge of Milky Way’s Central Black Hole

Groundbreaking survey reveals secrets of planet birth around dozens of stars

In a series of studies, a team of astronomers has shed new light on the fascinating and complex process of planet formation. The stunning images, captured using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile, represent one of the largest ever surveys of planet-forming discs. The research brings together observations of more [...]

By | 2024-03-15T09:50:04+00:00 March 15th, 2024|press release|Comments Off on Groundbreaking survey reveals secrets of planet birth around dozens of stars

Gas on the run – ALMA spots the shadow of a molecular outflow from a quasar when the Universe was less than one billion years old

A team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Dragan Salak at Hokkaido University, Assistant Professor Takuya Hashimoto at the University of Tsukuba, and Professor Akio Inoue at Waseda University, has discovered the first evidence of suppression of star formation driven by an outflow of molecular gas in a quasar-host galaxy in the early Universe. Their [...]

By | 2024-02-05T09:32:19+00:00 February 5th, 2024|press release|Comments Off on Gas on the run – ALMA spots the shadow of a molecular outflow from a quasar when the Universe was less than one billion years old

SKA-Mid prototype dish creates first light image

The first prototype dish of the SKA-Mid telescope constructed on site in South Africa has achieved first light. The prototype, known as SKAMPI, is a fully functioning single-dish radio telescope in its own right and was funded by Germany’s Max Planck Society for technical commissioning and scientific use. It was designed by the SKAO’s international [...]

By | 2024-01-26T08:11:37+00:00 January 26th, 2024|press release|Comments Off on SKA-Mid prototype dish creates first light image