Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

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Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
MPIA logo
Established 1969
Managing Director Thomas Henning
Location Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Address Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Website Official website

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 Böhm, Immo Appenzeller, Willy Benz, and Rafael Rebolo have been external scientific members.[1][2]

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.[3]

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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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "MPIA Directors". Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Karl-Heinz Hermann Böhm". Physics Today. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "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