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 
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
Graduate Program 
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.
See also 
- Homepage of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
- Homepage of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics
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