List of Press Releases 

This list contains pointers to some press releases Heino Falcke has been involved in. All of them have been covered in various news media and by news agencies. Occasionally Heino Falcke is listing a collection of the respective links, which is totally arbitrary and incomplete. He will try to complete this eventually, however, most print media seem to go offline (or into archives) rather quickly.

Older Press Releases

  1. “Scientists Find Relativistic Jets, Black Holes in Quasars” (Univ. Maryland, 1996) [English]
  2. “Galactic Center Conference, Tucson” (Univ. Arizona, 1998) [English, search Sci. Am. archive…]
  3. “Shadow of a Black Hole/Schatten eines Schwarzen Lochs” (MPG2000) [Deutsch, English, “Science” news article,,dpa, etc.]
  4. “Astronomers find dying quasars in nearby galaxies” (Univ. Maryland/AAS, 2000) [English, more info on Nagar’s web page]
  5. “Ludwig-Biermann-Förderpreis: Jäger schwarzer Löcher ausgezeichnet” (MPG, 2000) [Deutsch, (Engl.: Physics Today), “nano” TV-Feature (110 MB, German)]
  6. “X-ray flare in Sgr A*” (2001, without official press release) [Süddeutsche Zeitung, dpa]
  7. “ASTRON names LOFAR-Professor” (2002, in Dutch) [ASTRON press release]
  8. “Black Hole on a starvation diet” (2002, Galactic Center workshop) [UPI, NSF News Tip, Web-Sites, and various US news papers]
  9. LOFAR – Weltgrößtes Radioteleskop entsteht im Herzen Europas” (12/2003, in German) [German press release (Der Spiegel, FAZ, Zeit, netzeitung, New Scientist, etc.)]
  10. Sizing a Black Hole – Radio Astronomers Lift “Fog” on Milky Way’s Dark Heart” (04/2004, English only) [dpa, New Scientist, Spiegel-Online, Stern, FAZ, Bonner General-Anzeiger, Leipziger Volkszeitung, ORF,, Wissenschaft-Online , Der Standard,, Passauer Neue Presse, Taeglicher Anzeiger, Merkur Online, Cellesche Zeitung, Lauterbacher Anzeiger, Usinger Anzeiger , Donaukurier (Online), Gelnhaeuser Tageblatt ,, Aller Zeitung , Wolfsburger Allgemeine, OVB online (Abonnement),, Oberhessische Presse, Leipziger Volkszeitung, Westdeutsche Zeitung, Göttinger Tageblatt , Nordwest Zeitung, Kreis-Anzeiger, Heidelberger Nachrichten, Aachener Zeitung,, Yahoo-News,etc.]
  11. “Und sie bewegt sich doch … Bewegung von benachbarter Galaxie M33 gemessen” (paper in Science, 03/2005, German, English, and Spanish)
  12. “Radio Emission from Cosmic Ray Air Showers with LOPES” (paper in Nature, 05/2004, German and English)
  13. “Academy Award (Akademiepreis) of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften” (2006, German)
  14. “New professor of Astronomy at Radboud University” (February 2007, Radboud Press Release)
  15. “Auger Observatory Finds Connection between Cosmic Particles and Supermassive Black Holes” (November 2007, FOM press release (NL)) [Sky & Telescope (English)]
  16. “3.5 Million Grant for Research in Radioastronomy and Astroparticle Physics – ERC-Advanced Grant” (July 2008, NL Press release, local PDF copy) [ KSTA (German) ]
  17. “NWO-Spinoza Prize for Heino Falcke, Patti Valkenburg and Erik Verlinde” (June 2011, NWO Press release)
  18. “ALMA Opens Its Eyes” (October 2012, ESO press release, Guardian/UK)
  19. “Super-massive black hole inflates giant bubble” (October 2012, MPA press release)
  20. “Farewell greeting from a dying star – Scientists suggest explanation for mysterious radio flashes” (July 2013, RU press release, New Scientist, RedOrbit, Pro-Physik, RBB Kulturradio, Die Welt, Spiegel Online, FOCUS (D), NRC Handelsblad (NL))
  21. “A magnetar at the heart of our Milky Way” (August 2013, MPG press release (En), MPIfR Bonn (D), ASTRON (NL), Radboud Univ. (En), NRAO (US))
    Coverage: e.g., Huffington Post, Science, Nature, New Scientist, Handelsblatt, Bild-Zeitung, … many more links at MPIfR.


Press Releases Radboud University since 2018

  1. Lightning development visualised with the LOFAR radio telescope (RU press release, 26 February 2018)
  2. Can we tell black holes apart? (RU press release, 16 April 2018)
  3. Dutch radio antenna to depart for the moon on Chinese mission (RU press release, 21 May 2018)
  4. Flying past a black hole – in a simulator (RU press release, 19 November 2018)
  5. Lifting the veil on the black hole at the heart of our Galaxy (RU press release, 21 January 2019)
  6. Dutch radio antenna on Chinese Queqiao satellite now operational (RU press release, 28 February 2019)
  7. Netherlands brings Mobile Planetarium to schools in Namibia (RU press release, 26 March 2019)
  8. Astronomers capture first image of a black hole (RU press release, 10 April 2019, also at ESO)
  9. Why lightning often strikes twice (RU press release, 18 April 2019)
  10. Telescopes in space for even sharper images of black holes (RU press release, 6 May 2019)
  11. Breakthrough Prize for team that managed to take the first image of a black hole (RU press release, 6 September 2019)
  12. Crowdfunding launched: mobile planetarium to inspire school children in Namibia (RU press release, 21 November 2019)
  13. Dutch antennas unfolded behind the moon (RU press release, 26 November 2019)
  14. Shadow of black hole M87* is wobbling (RU press release, 23 September 2020)

Press Releases regarding ‘Licht im Dunkeln’

All press releases regarding Heino Falcke’s bestseller “Light in the Darkness” can be found on the book’s website. Additional material like photos and quotes are displayed here too.