Enjoy the eclipse tomorrow

Trees project images of the sun!

But be careful!

The maximum eclipse occurs at 2:30 p.m. in Columbus, and we will see > 85% of the Sun covered up.  Though not as spectacular as a total eclipse, it’s still quite a sight.  Check out this video of the view you’ll get.

If you don’t have proper eclipse glasses, you can still enjoy the eclipse with low-tech devices.  The easiest way is to walk under trees: the little gaps between the leaves will act as pinhole cameras and project images of the sun.  Don’t look at the Sun between the leaves – look down and you’ll see images of the thin crescent sun.

Comment below with your experiences of the eclipse!  I’d like to hear where you watched it, and how it was for you.

Grad school in Germany

The International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics (IMPRS)  in Garching/Munich (Bavaria, Germany) is soliciting applications for its PhD program.  You will find more information below, which is the official announcement by Dr. Werner Becker.  There’s also a very cool poster announcing their program, which is available at  http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/sites/default/files/imprs_poster_2017.pdf

Boost your career and do your PhD in one of the largest centers for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Europe! Work with the leading scientists in the field to accelerate your scientific career!!

The International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics (IMPRS) is soliciting applications for its PhD program. Located in the beautiful Munich-Garching area in southern Bavaria (Germany), the school offers a unique environment for graduate students due to the presence of four internationally renowned institutes which form the school:

* The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)
* The Observatory of the University of Munich (LMU/USM)
* The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)
* The European Southern Observatory (ESO)

IMPRS offers a highly competitive PhD program, including lectures, seminars and a research project supervised by leading scientists at one of the participating institutions. Course language is English. Students have access to the world largest ground- and spaced-based observatories and instrumentation operated by the participating institutes as well as to supercomputers for advanced numerical simulations and theoretical studies.

Applications for the PhD-program are open to students from all countries. Successful applicants will get a work contract/fellowship and we will assist you with all administrative matters. This means “Concentrate on your research — we do the rest!”

For more details see: http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/

The online application portal becomes available about 3 months before the deadline, i.e. beginning of August 2017. If you would like to get a notification as soon as the online portal becomes available, you can send us a short email, and we will put you on our notification list.

The closing date for applications for the program starting in September 2018 is November 15, 2017. If you for any reason have problems keeping the deadline, please inform us ahead and we will extend it upon request.

For questions please contact the IMPRS admission office <office @ imprs-astro.mpg.de>.

With best regards,

Prof. Werner Becker