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Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

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The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfRA) (German: Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie) is located in Bonn, Germany. It is one of 80 institutes in the Max Planck Society (German: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft). 50°43′47.6″N 7°4′9.2″E / 50.729889°N 7.069222°E / 50.729889; 7.069222 (Argelander-Institute for Astronomy)


By combining the already existing radio astronomy faculty of the University of Bonn led by Otto Hachenberg with the new Max Planck institute the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy was formed. In 1972 the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg was opened. The institute building was enlarged in 1983 and 2002.

The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, the Onsala Space Observatory and ESO.[1]

The southern wing of the whole complex is occupied by the Argelander Institute of Astronomy of the University of Bonn.


The Institute has three main research groups, each with its own Director - Fundamental Physics (director Michael Kramer), VLBI and Radio Astronomy (director Anton Zensus) and Millimetre Astronomy (director Karl Menten).

Graduate ProgramEdit

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy and Astrophysics is a highly competitive-entry graduate program offering a Ph.D. The school is run in cooperation with the University of Bonn and University of Cologne.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "The Stars Streak Overhead". ESO Picture of the Week. Retrieved 12 December 2012.

Coordinates: 50°43′48.8″N 7°4′10.8″E / 50.730222°N 7.069667°E / 50.730222; 7.069667