About the author

Dr.-Ing. Alessandra Roy


Alessandra Roy studied astronomy at the University of Bologna (Italy). She received her doctorate from geodesy at the University of Bonn. She worked for almost 16 years at the University of Bonn and at the Max Plank Institute for Radio Astronomy in the field of 'Very Long Baseline Interferometry', in cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie; BKG) and the International VLBI Service. She was part of the Event Horizon Consortium. Since October 2017 she has been working for the DLR Space Administration in the Space Science Department. She is responsible for the ESA missions PLATO, Euclid and Gaia and is Project Scientist for the bilateral US-German mission SOFIA.

Posts from Alessandra Roy

Space | 19. August 2020

The SOFIA airborne observatory: Understanding the role of magnetic fields in star formation

A research team led by Thushara Pillai from Boston University and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn has just published their work on the interaction of interstellar magnetic fields with newly forming stars in Nature Astronomy. read more

Space | 18. March 2020

SOFIA observes the star Betelgeuse

Curiosity is high, a lot has been said and written, but nobody knows what is really happening with the star Betelgeuse. Its luminosity has decreased drastically over the last five months. Now, there is speculation that the star could soon become a supernova – the explosion at the end of a large celestial body's life. read more