5 March 2014. A new innovative instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) has been successfully installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. MUSE has observed distant galaxies, bright stars and other test targets during the first period of very successful observations.
25 February 2014. Noam Libeskind, scientist of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), explains in an article in the latest issue of “Scientific American”, why dwarf galaxies (also called “satellite galaxies”) are arranged on a plane instead of being scattered randomly. Superhighways of Dark Matter might be the solution to this astronomic puzzle.
20 January 2014. A team of scientists headed by Ivan Minchev from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has found a way to reconstruct the evolutionary history of our galaxy, the Milky Way, to a new level of detail. The investigation of a data set of stars near the sun was decisive for the now published results.
29 November 2013. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften - BBAW) has elected Matthias Steinmetz, Director of the Leibniz Institute Potsdam (AIP), as a full member of the Academy. A total of seven new members were admitted. To be appointed, scientists must distinguish themselves through outstanding scientific achievements.
19 November 2013. Two high performance instruments from Potsdam-Babelsberg arrived at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona, the largest reflector telescope in the world. The so-called PFUs (Permanent Fibre Units) provide both telescope control and the transmission of starlight collected via the telescope mirror to the spectrograph PEPSI (“Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument”)
16 November 2013. For successfully bridging the gap between astronomy as a hobby and the world of science, Axel Schwope of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam has been acknowledged.
22 October 2013. Astronomers have discovered that our Galaxy wobbles. An international team of astronomers around Mary Williams from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) detected and examined this phenomenon with the RAdial Velocity Experiment (RAVE), a survey of almost half a million stars around the Sun. In addition to the regular Galactic rotation the scientists found the Milky Way moving perpendicular to the Galactic plane.
14 October 2013. Physicians and Astrophysicists work on a new Diagnostic Method - Scientists from innoFSPEC Potsdam, a centre of innovative competence in the research field “Fibre-optical Spectroscopy and Sensing“ established at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), are working together with researchers of Charité Berlin on a new method of minimally invasive, optical cancer diagnostics.
6. Oktober 2013. Zwei Wissenschaftler des Leibniz-Instituts für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) sind mit dem „James Webb Space Telescope Significant Achievement Award“ der Europäischen Weltraumagentur ESA ausgezeichnet worden. Projektleiter Martin Roth und Projektwissenschaftler Joris Gerssen hatten mit ihrem Team in einem zweijährigen Projekt Programme zur Datenanalyse für das NIRSpec-Instrument der Firma Astrium GmbH entwickelt. NIRSpec (Near-Infrared Spectrograph) wird an das Weltraumteleskop James Webb, Nachfolger von Hubble, angeschlossen werden.
25 September 2013. The Karl-Schwarzschild Medal, one of the most honoured awards for astronomical research, goes to Karl-Heinz Rädler, scientist at at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). The Astronomische Gesellschaft (Astronomical Society) honours him for his research in the area of magnetohydrodynamic.
29. August 2013. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) received the certificate from “berufundfamilie gGmbH”. The award highlights the efforts of AIP as a family-friendly employer in Brandenburg.
2 August 2013. At the beginning of August 1913 the Berlin Observatory - ancestor of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) - moved to Potsdam-Babelsberg. 100 years later the AIP celebrates this anniversary.
31 July 2013. Today, astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) released a new online public data set featuring 60,000 stars that are helping to tell the story of how our Milky Way galaxy formed.
27 June 2013. An international team of astronomers led by Soeren Meibom of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has found two planets smaller than Neptune orbiting Sun-like stars in the open star cluster NGC 6811. The discovery, published in the journal Nature, shows that planets can develop even in crowded clusters jam-packed with stars.
4. June 2013. Until last Friday more than hundred scientists from Europe, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Japan and the US discussed the latest news in high-resolution spectroscopy and the developement of a new generation of spectroscopes for the ELT. They were invited to come to Potsdam by the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) to join the institute's 10th ThinkShop, an event supported by the DFG.
29 April 2013. The "Leibniz-Kolleg Potsdam" awards young scientists for their achievements in the field of publication and research.
6 March 2013. New results pin down the distance to the galaxy next door. - After nearly a decade of careful observations an international team of astronomers, among them Jesper Storm, scientist at the Leibniz-Institute for Astophysics Potsdam (AIP), has measured the distance to our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, more accurately than ever before. This new measurement also improves our knowledge of the rate of expansion of the Universe — the Hubble Constant — and is a crucial step towards understanding the nature of the mysterious dark energy that is causing the expansion to accelerate. The team used telescopes at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile as well as others around the globe. These results appear in the 7 March 2013 issue of the journal Nature.
19 February 2013. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the University of Potsdam jointly offer eight PhD stipends within the Graduate School focussing on »quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics«.
1 February 2013. Astronomers of the international CLUES collaboration have identified “Cosmic Web Stripping” as a new way of explaining the famous missing dwarf problem: the lack of observed dwarf galaxies compared with that predicted by the theory of Cold Dark Matter and Dark Energy.