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Celebratory reopening of the Great Refractor

Celebratory reopening of the Great Refractor

by Kristin Riebe last modified Jul 20, 2017 08:13 AM

The Great Refractor of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on the Potsdam Telegrafenberg campus shines in new splendor after the repair work and reconstruction has been carried out for around a year. Dr. Martina Münch, Minister of Science, Research and Culture of the state of Brandenburg, attended the reopening and gave a greeting.

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X-Ray Telescope STIX Ready for Launch to the Sun

X-Ray Telescope STIX Ready for Launch to the Sun

by Kristin Riebe last modified Jul 13, 2017 12:14 PM

To observe the Sun at close range and measure its activity: with launch in February 2019, as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Orbiter spacecraft, STIX will study solar X-ray radiation in unprecedented detail. An international team with researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has developed STIX and now completed it. The AIP is the only German institute involved in this instrument.

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Rediscovering our Galaxy

Rediscovering our Galaxy

by Katrin Albaum last modified Jul 11, 2017 09:16 AM

7 July 2017. What do we know about our home galaxy, the Milky Way? How was the Galaxy assembled and how did it evolve from the most pristine eras to its present state? About 200 astronomers meet from Monday, 10 July 2017, till Friday, 14 July 2014, on Telegrafenberg in Potsdam at the IAU symposium “Rediscovering our Galaxy” to debate the latest research results and surveys in the field of galactic archaeology. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) supports the event, which the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is organising and hosting, with further support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

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Wempe Award for Alice C. Quillen

Wempe Award for Alice C. Quillen

by Katrin Albaum last modified Jun 29, 2017 03:36 PM

29 June 2017. In recognition of her outstanding research on the dynamics of galaxies and celestial mechanics, the Johann Wempe Foundation is honouring Prof. Dr. Alice C. Quillen from the University of Rochester, USA, with the Wempe Award. The ceremony will take place on 5 July 2017, starting at 2 pm at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Babelsberg.

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14th AIP Thinkshop deals with stellar magnetism

14th AIP Thinkshop deals with stellar magnetism

by Katrin Albaum last modified Jun 12, 2017 11:06 AM

12 June 2017. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) organizes the 14th Thinkshop "Stellar Magnetism: Challenges, Connections, and Prospects". From Monday, 12 June 2017, to Friday, 16 June 2017, about 70 researchers will discuss the most recent observational and theoretical work in the field on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam.

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The AIP at the Long Night of Sciences

The AIP at the Long Night of Sciences

by Katrin Albaum last modified Jun 22, 2017 03:45 PM

To marvel at the Great Refractor, to explore the Einstein Tower: The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) participates in the Long Night of Sciences at its location on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. The event takes place on Saturday, 24 June 2017, from 5 pm to 12 am.

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Supercomputer to prove theory of sunspot formation

Supercomputer to prove theory of sunspot formation

by Katrin Albaum last modified May 15, 2017 12:03 PM

15 May 2017. Where do sunspots form? Just below the Sun’s surface or deep down inside? The SPOTSIM project, that studies the origin of sunspots using magnetohydrodynamic simulations has now been awarded competed time on the MareNostrum supercomputer in Spain.

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Experiencing the Cosmos, Understanding X-ray Astronomy

Experiencing the Cosmos, Understanding X-ray Astronomy

by Katrin Albaum last modified May 10, 2017 01:05 PM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is presenting itself at the Potsdam Science Day, which takes place on Saturday, 13 May 2017, in the Science Park Potsdam Golm. Researchers of more than 40 universities and institutes will give an insight into their work and the international cutting-edge research.

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Peeking Through the Cloud’s Dusty Veil

Peeking Through the Cloud’s Dusty Veil

by Katrin Albaum last modified May 05, 2017 11:35 AM

5 May 2017. The biggest infrared image ever taken of the Small Magellanic Cloud: With the telescope VISTA, an international team of astronomers led by AIP researcher Prof. Dr. Maria-Rosa Cioni has been able to see the myriad of stars in this neighbouring galaxy much more clearly than ever before.

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Virtual Reality meets Astrophysics

Virtual Reality meets Astrophysics

by Katrin Albaum last modified May 10, 2017 12:26 PM

6 April 2017. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is launching a new Virtual Reality (VR) website. Offering 360 degree videos and panoramas, the new web portal vr.aip.de invites visitors to experience the cosmos and to take virtual tours through astronomical observatories. The website can be navigated either in VR mode, using a VR-headset, or via touch and click on any display. All media is based on scientific results, simulations from supercomputers, or images from telescopes and observatories.

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New professor simulates galaxy formation on the computer

New professor simulates galaxy formation on the computer

by Katrin Albaum last modified Apr 03, 2017 11:20 AM

3 April 2017. How do galaxies and galaxy clusters, which are among the largest structures in the universe, form? Do cosmic rays have an impact on galaxy and cluster formation? Prof. Dr. Christoph Pfrommer is seeking answers to these questions. Starting in April, Pfrommer is leading the research group Cosmology and Large-scale Structure at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and doing research as a jointly appointed professor at the University of Potsdam. The astrophysicist has moved to Potsdam from the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

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New Technologies for Astronomical Research

New Technologies for Astronomical Research

by Katrin Albaum last modified Mar 09, 2017 01:10 PM

8 March 2017. Three working groups from Heidelberg, Cologne and Potsdam are involved in a joint project to develop a new technology for astronomical research. The researchers intend to render micro-optic systems used in telecommunications suitable for use in large telescopes. The collaborative project is being supported by the Königstuhl State Observatory of the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University, the Institute of Physics I of the University of Cologne, and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved funding of approx. 1.1 million euros for the three-year project, which recently started work.

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Elmo Tempel receives the Estonian National Science Award

Elmo Tempel receives the Estonian National Science Award

by Janine Fohlmeister last modified Mar 02, 2017 05:37 PM

28 February 2017. Elmo Tempel, a researcher in the Cosmology and Large scale structure group, received the Estonian National Science Award on Friday the 24th of February 2017. The honour, bestowed on the 99th anniversary of Estonian independence, was awarded to him directly by the Prime Minister of Estonia, Mr Jüri Ratas in a ceremony in the National Academy of Sciences in the capital Tallinn.

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Starry Night on February 16

Starry Night on February 16

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Mar 08, 2017 09:25 AM

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 that the lecture will be given in German.

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Science is international

Science is international

by Janine Fohlmeister last modified Mar 07, 2017 05:37 PM

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 discrimination against human beings on the basis of their ethnicity and consequently an act of aggression on the fundamental values of science".

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New Schwarzschild Fellow: Arianna Di Cintio

New Schwarzschild Fellow: Arianna Di Cintio

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Feb 06, 2017 08:25 AM

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 months visiting AIP. After her PhD she has been working as independent fellow at the DARK cosmology centre Copenhagen.

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Award for AIP scientist Else Starkenburg

Award for AIP scientist Else Starkenburg

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 11:34 AM

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 Humanities. She received the award for her work on galactic archaeology and her substantial contributions to disentangle the history of our Milky Way. At the award ceremony, Else Starkenburg gave a talk on the topic of “The galactic archaeology of the Milky Way”, showing how to reconstruct the galaxies history by observing stars of different age.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Science with STELLA

Celebrating Ten Years of Science with STELLA

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 11:34 AM

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 an acronym for STELLar Activity. In a workshop at AIP, scientists now look back on a decade of exciting astronomical observations.

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The Dynamic Duo: RAVE complements Gaia

The Dynamic Duo: RAVE complements Gaia

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 11:33 AM

19 September 2016. The new data release of the RAdial Velocity Experiment (RAVE) is the fifth spectroscopic release of a survey of stars in the southern celestial hemisphere. It contains radial velocities for 520 781 spectra of 457 588 unique stars that were observed over ten years. With these measurements RAVE complements the first data release of the Gaia survey published by the European Space Agency ESA last week by providing radial velocities and stellar parameters, like temperatures, gravities and metallicities of stars in our Milky Way.

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Starving Black Hole Returns Brilliant Galaxy to the Shadows

Starving Black Hole Returns Brilliant Galaxy to the Shadows

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 15, 2016 04:00 PM

15 September 2016. The mystery of a rare change in the behaviour of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy has been solved by an international team of astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope along with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. It seems that the black hole has fallen on hard times and is no longer being fed enough fuel to make its surroundings shine.

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