Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

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The Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, MPIA) is a research institute of the Max Planck Society. It is located in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany near the top of the Koenigstuhl, adjacent to the historic Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl astronomical observatory.

The institute was founded in 1967. Its founding directors were H. Elsässer and G. Munch, who were followed by K.-H. Böhm, G. H. Herbig, and S. V. W. Beckwith. The current directors are Hans-Walter Rix and Thomas Henning.

Research interests[edit]

Deep-field image taken using the Wide Field Imager (WFI), a camera mounted on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope located at the La Silla Observatory.[1]

Current research interests include formation of planets, stars in the group of Thomas Henning and galaxies and cosmology in the group of Hans-Walter Rix.

The MPIA also builds instruments or parts of them for ground-based telescopes and satellites, including the following:

Graduate Program[edit]

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics is a graduate program offering a Ph.D. in astrophysics. The school is run in cooperation with the University of Heidelberg.

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  1. ^ "Unveiling distant stars and galaxies". ESO Picture of the Week. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 

Coordinates: 49°23′47″N 8°43′25″E / 49.39639°N 8.72361°E / 49.39639; 8.72361