05/07/2024 On Thursday, 13 June 2024 a new series of lectures will be launched in the planetarium: „Kosmisches Kino“ combines planetarium visualisations with live lectures by researchers.

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04/04/2024 Scientists at the ORIGINS Ice, Dust, and Sequencing Lab (IDSL) have demonstrated how heat flows through rock fissures could have created the conditions for the emergence of life.

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03/20/2024 A new study by researchers from the team of ORIGINS scientist Dieter Braun shows how the chemical properties of RNA molecules could have facilitated the emergence of complex life.

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02/20/2024 The Radcliffe Wave is the largest coherent, wave-shaped gas structure ever observed in our Milky Way. It consists of interconnected star-forming regions and extends over 40 per cent of Orion's spiral arm in the vicinity of the Sun. An international team, including ORIGINS scientists at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, could show that this is a travelling wave: the Radcliffe Wave oscillates around the galactic plane and, at the same time, slowly drifts away from the galactic centre.

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01/31/2024 Today, the German eROSITA consortium released the data for its share of the first all-sky survey by the soft X-ray imaging telescope flying aboard the Spectrum-RG (SRG) satellite. With about 900,000 distinct sources, the first eROSITA All-Sky Survey (eRASS1) has published the most extensive X-ray catalogue. Based on just the first six months of observations, eROSITA has already detected more sources than previously known in the 60-year history of X-ray astronomy.

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07/03/2023 The ESA space telescope Euclid, with significant contributions by ORIGINS scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching, was launched into space today, 1 July 2023 at 17:12 CEST on a Falcon 9 rocket by the US space company SpaceX. Once it arrives at its destination, the Lagrange Point 2 (L2) of Earth-Sun system, it will observe over a third of the entire sky for at least six years, mapping the spatial distribution of billions of galaxies and measuring their properties. Analysing this data, the six German institutes in the…

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06/29/2023 For the first time, the scientists of the international IceCube Collaboration have succeeded in detecting neutrinos from the Milky Way. The analysis of ten years of observation data using machine learning methods led to the success for which ORIGINS scientist Elisa Resconi's group at the Technical University of Munich provided important preliminary work. In the next step, the researchers strive to understand from which celestial objects the observed high-energy neutrinos come.

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06/29/2023 „Universe on Tour“ stoppt vom 05. bis 09. Juli 2023 in München. Im Rahmen der bundesweiten Roadshow im Wissenschaftsjahr 2023 – Unser Universum präsentieren das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung und Münchner Forschungsinstitute in einem 75 Quadratmeter großen mobilen Planetarium aktuelle Themen im Bereich Astronomie und Astrophysik. Mit dabei: der Exzellenzcluster ORIGINS, die Universitäts-Sternwarte München (LMU), die Max-Planck-Institute für Physik, für extraterrestrische Physik und für Astrophysik, die Europäische Südsternwarte ESO und die Volkssternwarte…

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03/15/2023 Liquid water is one of the most important ingredients for the emergence of life as we know it on Earth. Researchers of the ORIGINS Cluster from the fields of astrophysics, astrochemistry and biochemistry have now determined in a novel, interdisciplinary collaboration the necessary properties that allow moons around free-floating planets to retain liquid water for a sufficiently long time and thus enable life.

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12/12/2022 How are galaxies born, and what holds them together? Astronomers assume that dark matter plays an essential role. However, as yet it has not been possible to prove directly that dark matter exists. A research team including Technical University of Munich (TUM) scientists has now measured for the first time the survival rate of antihelium nuclei from the depths of the galaxy – a necessary prerequisite for the indirect search for Dark Matter.

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