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 was followed by S. V. W. Beckwith. The current directors are Hans-Walter Rix and Thomas Henning. G. H. Herbig, Karl-Heinz B\"ohm, Immo Appenzeller, Willy Benz, and Rafael Rebolo have been external scientific members.
The MPIA also builds instruments or parts of them for ground-based telescopes and satellites, including the following:
- Calar Alto Observatory, jointly run by the MPIA and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía
- Paranal Observatory
- Large Binocular Telescope
- Herschel Space Observatory
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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- Homepage of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics
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