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Astronomers unveil secrets of giant elliptical galaxies

Astronomers unveil secrets of giant elliptical galaxies

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 12, 2014 01:56 PM

12 September 2014 Davor Krajnović, astronomer at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), and his colleagues Eric Emsellem (ESO) and Marc Sarzi (University of Hertfordshire), have discovered how giant elliptical galaxies move. Their study is based on data obtained by the newly installed Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE).

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Facets of Solar Magnetic Fields

Facets of Solar Magnetic Fields

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 03, 2014 09:50 AM

3 September 2014. Magnetic fields on the solar surface come in many shapes and sizes. The smallest magnetic flux elements become visible in the Fraunhofer G-band, a narrow spectral region with many molecular lines at around 430.6 nm, as bright points – sometimes aligned in chains and arcs. Once the magnetic flux is sufficiently strong to inhibit the convective energy transport from the solar interior to the solar atmosphere, dark structures begin to develop, which are called solar pores.

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Karl Schwarzschild Fellow 2014: Else Starkenburg

Karl Schwarzschild Fellow 2014: Else Starkenburg

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 12, 2014 11:56 AM

1 September 2014. The AIP welcomes this years Karl Schwarzschild Fellow Else Starkenburg. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Else Starkenburg also holds an M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy and an M.A. in Theoretical Philosophy.

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New Milky Way Maps from RAVE data

New Milky Way Maps from RAVE data

by Kerstin Mork last modified Aug 15, 2014 01:28 PM

15 August 2014. Using data from the RAVE survey, a large observation project initiated and led by the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), an international team of astronomers has produced new maps of the material between the stars in the Milky Way that should move astronomers closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has vexed them for nearly a century.

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The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Expands Its Reach

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Expands Its Reach

by Gabi Schoenherr last modified Jul 29, 2014 12:11 PM

16 July 2014. Building on 14 years of extraordinary discoveries, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has launched a major program of three new surveys, adding novel capabilities to expand its census of the Universe into regions it had been unable to explore before.

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Wempe award for Brent Tully

Wempe award for Brent Tully

by Gabi Schoenherr last modified Sep 09, 2014 11:53 AM

30 June 2014. Today Prof. R. Brent Tully from the Institute for Astronomy Honolulu, Hawaii receives the Wempe Award in recognition of his groundbreaking research about the structure of galaxies and the large-scale structure of the cosmos. Since many decades Tully has been promoting the analysis and mapping of galactic structures and flows. The award ceremony will take place from 3:30 p.m. at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

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A unique star

A unique star

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jun 24, 2014 10:23 AM

3 June 2014. Using ESA’s X-ray telescope XMM-Newton a team of Potsdam astronomers together with collegues from Belgium and the USA have found X-ray pulsations of a unique star. It is a celestial wonder with a body of a normal star but with the magnetic field much stronger than normal. The race is now on to understand why it behaves in this way.

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NASA awards AIP scientists

NASA awards AIP scientists

by Kerstin Mork last modified May 26, 2014 08:46 AM

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Girls’Day at AIP

Girls’Day at AIP

by Kerstin Mork last modified Mar 28, 2014 09:55 AM

27. März 2014. Zum Girls’Day / Zukunftstag Brandenburg hat das AIP wieder gut zwanzig Mädchen aus Brandenburg und Berlin eingeladen, einen Blick in die Welt der Astrophysik zu werfen.

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First Light for MUSE

First Light for MUSE

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jun 24, 2014 10:32 AM

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.

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Dwarfs of the Milky Way

Dwarfs of the Milky Way

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jun 13, 2014 12:00 PM

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.

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Milky Way shaken... and stirred

Milky Way shaken... and stirred

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jun 13, 2014 11:47 AM

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.

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Matthias Steinmetz Becomes a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Matthias Steinmetz Becomes a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jul 10, 2014 03:39 PM

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.

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Technology from Potsdam for the World’s Largest Telescope

Technology from Potsdam for the World’s Largest Telescope

by Kerstin Mork last modified Mar 21, 2014 01:57 PM

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”)

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Reiff lecture by AIP scientist

Reiff lecture by AIP scientist

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2013 10:17 AM

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.

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The Galactic Mosh Pit

The Galactic Mosh Pit

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 04, 2013 04:07 PM

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.

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Cancer Diagnostics with Astrophysics

Cancer Diagnostics with Astrophysics

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 04, 2013 09:33 AM

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.

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Europäische Weltraumagentur zeichnet AIP-Wissenschaftler aus (only German)

Europäische Weltraumagentur zeichnet AIP-Wissenschaftler aus (only German)

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 22, 2013 11:20 AM

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.

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Karl-Heinz Rädler awarded with Karl-Schwarzschild Medal

Karl-Heinz Rädler awarded with Karl-Schwarzschild Medal

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 11, 2013 10:10 AM

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.

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