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Starry Night on February 16

AIP invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg this Thursday, February 16, starting with a public lecture of astrophysicist Noam Libeskind about "Our cosmic neighborhood" at 7:15pm. Please note...

What is our place in the Universe? Where are we? What does our cosmic neighborhood look like? How do astronomers even begin to compile a 3-dimensional atlas of the universe if, unlike the surface of Earth, the Universe is expanding and galaxies are gravitating?

In his talk "Our cosmic neighbourhood" Noam Libeskind will explain the latest developments on how astronomers map the universe, what we know about where we fit in and where we are headed.  The Laniakea supercluster is the largest object ever discovered by mankind. It stretches across nearly half a billion light years of outer space and encompasses at least 100,000 galaxies that we can see. It is undoubtedly the biggest thing against which we can measure our place in the Universe.

After the talk, a guided tour can be taken over the campus and - if skies are clear - public observation with telescopes is offered.

We look forward to your visit!

Free entry, no previous registration necessary.

Location: AIP, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam

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Science is international

Statement of the Alliance of Science Organizations in Germany

Science is international

3 February 2017. The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany is concerned about the immigration ban issued by US President Donald Trump on 27 January 2017. It sees it as "a sweeping discrimina...

"The generation of scientific insights is contingent upon discourse that is forthright, unfettered and international. It hinges on the interdisciplinary personal exchange between academic dis- ciplines, nations and cultures. The executive order signed by the President of the United States this past Friday is a sweeping discrimination of human beings based on their ethnicity and con- sequently also an act of aggression against the fundamental values of science. Hence, German Scientific Organizations are extremely concerned about the President’s executive order. It is not a justified tool to use in the necessary fight against terrorism and will gravely impair the international exchange that is of such critical importance for scientific collaboration."

Read the full statement here.

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New Schwarzschild Fellow: Arianna Di Cintio

Arianna Di Cintio (Credit: private)

New Schwarzschild Fellow: Arianna Di Cintio

13 January 2017. The AIP welcomes Karl Schwarzschild Fellow Arianna Di Cintio. She completed her Ph.D. in 2014 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, during which she also spent three mon...

Arianna Di Cintio's main interest is in galaxy formation and evolution, using numerical cosmological simulations. She focuses on small-scale problems of the current cosmological paradigm, trying to understand the nature of dark matter. Since 2011, she is part of the CLUES project, an international collaboration including AIP scientists, that aims at a better understanding of the properties of galaxies in the Local Universe. As a next project, Arianna Di Cintio is planning to investigate dwarf galaxies within the Local Volume together with AIP scientists from the Cosmology research section.

The Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship is awarded regularly with an alternating focus on extragalactic astrophysics and cosmic magnetic fields. The fellows should have received their PhD within the last five years and are identified in an  international search. They are expected to carry out an independent research programme and to contribute to the scientific life of the AIP including co-supervision of students.

The AIP continues the tradition of the Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam and the Berlin Observatory. It is located in the beautiful Potsdam/Babelsberg area, at the southwestern border of the Berlin metropolitan area. Over 150 scientists work on a variety of astrophysical topics covering the full range from solar physics to cosmology. Potsdam is also the home of the Albert-Einstein Institute for Gravitational Physics, the Physics & Astronomy department of Potsdam University and several other research institutions.

 

Science Contact: Dr. Arianna Di Cintio, +49 331 7499 346, adicintio@aip.de
Media Contact: Dr. Janine Fohlmeister, +49 331 7499 802, presse@aip.de

The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.

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Award for AIP scientist Else Starkenburg

Michael Kunze, president of the academy Andreas Gardt, Else Starkenburg und minister Stefan Wenzel. Picture: Adrienne Lochte.

Award for AIP scientist Else Starkenburg

28. November 2016. On 26 November 2016, Else Starkenburg from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) was honoured with the physics award of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Huma...

Grown up in the Neterlands, Else Starkenburg completed her Ph.D. in 2011 at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She also holds an M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy and an M.A. in Theoretical Philosophy. After working at the University of Victoria, Canada, Else Starkenburg came to AIP as the Karl Schwarzschild Fellow 2014. She is mainly interested in studying the history of the Milky Way and the smaller galaxies surrounding it. Since 2015, she also heads the Emmy Noehter Research Group „The early Milky Way“ at AIP.

Every year, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities awards a price for outstanding scientific achievements in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics published in international magazines. Publishing houses, industrial companies and foundations fund the prices.

 

Science contact: Dr. Else Starkenburg, +49 331-7499 350, estarkenburg@aip.de
Media contact: Kerstin Mork, +49 331-7499 803, presse@aip.de

The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Science with STELLA

STELLA at Tenerife. Credit: AIP

Celebrating Ten Years of Science with STELLA

8 November 2016. Since 2006, the two robotic STELLA telescopes of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are observing the night sky at the Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife. STELLA is...

Over the past ten years STELLA has proved to be an excellent tool to accomplish thrilling scientific results. Since the telescopes were explicitly designed for long-term observation of individual objects, especially magnetically active stars, STELLA achieves this goal more easily than a lot of other telescopes. The robotic telescopes at Tenerife already observed complete magnetic activity cycles of distant stars and determined for the first time the decay time of star spots. On top of that, STELLA proved that there is rarely an exception to the principle that as stars age their rotation periods decrease, and vice versa proving that by knowing the rotation period of a star scientists can determine its age.

Operating a fully autonomous, robotic observatory is uncommon both in Germany and internationally. Replacing an onsite observer and their decision-making with a piece of software is a true challenge. STELLA has a meteorological station that constantly measures temperature, humidity, precipitation, and wind speed. A separate camera detects clouds obscuring the night sky. At dusk, an algorithm decides if conditions are safe for opening and commencing observations. All control duties, from positioning and focussing of the telescopes to the fineguiding system, are managed by the software.

Observatorio del Teide

The Observatorio del Teide has an international reputation in solar and stellar research. Lying in the middle of the Atlantic ocean on top of a volcanic mountain range, the astronomical observing conditions are close to optimal. In addition to STELLA, the AIP is also involved in the operation of the GREGOR solar telescope, Europe’s largest solar telescope, and the Vacuum Tower Telescope, both located on Tenerife.

 

Further information:

Science contact: Dr. Thomas Granzer, +49 331-7499 350, tgranzer@aip.de

Media contact: Kerstin Mork, +49 331-7499 803, presse@aip.de

 

The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.

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