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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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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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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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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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Gaia mission publishes first results

Gaia mission publishes first results

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 14, 2016 12:40 PM

14. September 2016. The European Space Agency's (ESA) mission Gaia published its first set of results on 14th of September 2016. The first data release contains parallaxes and proper motions of about two million stars. These measurements have been eagerly awaited by astronomers because they will enable them to study the Milky Way in unprecedented detail.

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Open Day on 23 September 2016

Open Day on 23 September 2016

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 24, 2016 11:19 AM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites everybody to an open day on 23 September 2016 from 4 to 10 PM.

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ESO and AIP Sign Agreement to Build 4MOST

ESO and AIP Sign Agreement to Build 4MOST

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 30, 2016 01:42 PM

23 August 2016. ESO has signed an agreement with a consortium led by the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) to build 4MOST, a unique, next-generation spectroscopic instrument, which will be mounted on the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. 4MOST, the 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope, is expected to collect approximately 75 million spectra over its planned fifteen-year lifetime.

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Real-time analysis for medical diagnostics

Real-time analysis for medical diagnostics

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 30, 2016 01:43 PM

16 August 2016. In the context of current technology transfer projects, scientists at AIP have managed to successfully apply the spectral imaging method, developed in astrophysics, to diagnostics in the field of medicine. In contrast to digital cameras, which only register a brightness value for each pixel, this method detects an entire spectrum. AIP has made a name for itself internationally with this method, referred to also as integral field spectroscopy (IFS). The method is used for instruments such as PMAS and MUSE.

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The secrets of dark energy

The secrets of dark energy

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Sep 01, 2016 09:29 AM

14 July 2016. Astronomers announced this week the sharpest results yet on the properties of dark energy driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe. For their studies, scientists from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) programme mapped a record-breaking 1.2 million galaxies observed within the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III). A collection of papers from the BOSS collaboration describing these results was submitted this week to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has actively participated with important contributions to data analysis and theoretical modelling.

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IAU Symposium to take place in Potsdam

IAU Symposium to take place in Potsdam

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 01:32 PM

30. June 2016. At the 98th International Astronomical Union (IAU) Executive Committee meeting last May in Mexico the IAU Symposium 334 "Rediscovering our Galaxy" was approved to take place from the 10th to the 14th of July 2017 in Potsdam, Germany.

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