10/06/2020 Reinhard Genzel, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, receives the Nobel Prize for Physics 2020 together with Roger Penrose and Andrea Ghez. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards the scientists for their research on black holes.

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09/25/2020 At the General Meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on 9 September 2020, Linda Tacconi from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics was elected foreign member of the class for astronomy and space science. This honour recognises her exceptional research in millimetre astronomy and her efforts to promote European astronomy.

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09/22/2020

ORIGINS scientistTil Birnstiel is receiving the 2020 Astrophysical Software Award of the German Astronomical Society for the software he developed for modelling the temporal and spatial evolution of dust in protoplanetary disks. Young stars and the disks around them are built up from interstellar matter which initially contains only very small, at most micrometer-sized, dust particles. Til Birnstiel has written codes describing the mechanisms which lead to the growth of grains over several orders of magnitude in mass and to study how they are distributed and transported in…

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09/09/2020 The “IceCube” neutrino observatory deep in the ice of the South Pole has already brought spectacular new insights into cosmic incidents of extremely high energies. In order to investigate the cosmic origins of elementary particles with even higher energies, Prof. Elisa Resconi from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now started an international initiative to build a neutrino telescope several cubic kilometers in size in the northeastern Pacific.

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Sherry Suyu

07/30/2020 Astrophysicist Sherry H. Suyu will receive the 2021 Lancelot M. Berkeley–New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy. Bestowed annually since 2011 by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and supported by a grant from the New York Community Trust, the Berkeley prize includes a monetary award and an invitation to give the closing plenary lecture at the AAS winter meeting, the “Super Bowl of Astronomy.” The 237th AAS meeting will be held virtually from 11 to 15 January 2021.

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Part of the accelerator ring at KEK

06/26/2020 Tailwind for the search for rare particle decays in the Belle II experiment: The SuperKEKB accelerator ring has now achieved the highest luminosity ever measured. The electron-positron accelerator beats not only its predecessor KEKB but also the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This has just been announced by the Japanese research center KEK, the operator of the accelerator.

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The energetic universe as seen with the eROSITA X-ray telescope.

06/19/2020 Over the course of 182 days, the eROSITA X-ray telescope onboard SRG has completed its first full sweep of the sky. This new map of the hot, energetic universe contains more than one million objects, roughly doubling the number of known X-ray sources discovered over the 60-year history of X-ray astronomy. Most of the new sources are active galactic nuclei at cosmological distances, marking the growth of gigantic black holes over cosmic time. Clusters of galaxies in the new map will be used to track the growth of cosmic structures and constrain cosmological parameters.…

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Portrait Harald Lesch

06/18/2020 Der LMU-Astrophysiker, ZDF-Wissenschaftsjournalist und ORIGINS PI Professor Harald Lesch ist mit dem Deutschen Fernsehpreis ausgezeichnet worden. Für die Wissenschaftsreihe „Leschs Kosmos“ gewann er stellvertretend für das Team gemeinsam mit Redakteurin Christiane Götz-Sobel die Kategorie „Bestes Infotainment“.

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Supercomputer simulation of astrophysical plasma turbulence

06/17/2020 Dr. Daniel Grošelj from Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) at Garching was today awarded the Otto Hahn Medal. With this award, the Max Planck Society honors young scientists every year for outstanding achievements, mostly in connection with their doctoral thesis. At the end of 2019 Daniel Grošelj already received the ORIGINS PhD Award for his outstanding doctoral thesis in the field of astrophysical plasma physics.

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[Translate to English:] Open ALICE Experiment

05/27/2020 Since anti-matter could be interpreted as a dark matter annihilation signal, satellite and balloon experiments are currently hunting for dark matter particles near Earth. But anti-matter could also be produced by interactions of high-energy cosmic rays with the interstellar medium. To better understand the production mechanism and the annihilation of anti-matter, the ALICE collaboration has conducted a comprehensive study of the yield of anti-matter resulting from proton-proton collisions and evaluated for the first time the cross section of anti-deuteron at low energies.

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