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Wempe Award for Thomas R. Ayres

Wempe Award for Thomas R. Ayres

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 15, 2012 03:51 PM

4 October 2012. The 2012 Johann Wempe Award is awarded to Prof. Dr. Thomas R. Ayres from the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy of the University of Colorado, Boulder, U.S.A. for his contributions to ultraviolet stellar spectroscopy and his detection of COmospheres.

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Astronomers see galaxy-altering quasars ignite

Astronomers see galaxy-altering quasars ignite

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jul 10, 2014 03:20 PM

27 September 2012. Analysing data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes an international team of astronomers around Tanya Urrutia from AIP has caught sight of luminous quasars igniting after galaxies collide. Quasars are bright, energetic regions around giant, active black holes in galactic centers.

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Summer School in Astrophotonics

Summer School in Astrophotonics

by Kerstin Mork last modified Apr 08, 2015 11:20 AM

26 September 2012. How can we use new photonic technologies to promote astronomy? That is the main question of this year’s Summer School, which will be held in Schloss Wiesenburg in Brandenburg. It is the first conference worldwide to promote the issue of astrophotonics: the application of photonics to astronomy

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Biermann Award goes to Cecilia Scannapieco

Biermann Award goes to Cecilia Scannapieco

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 10, 2015 09:48 AM

25 September 2012. Cecilia Scannapieco, currently working at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), is awarded with the Ludwig Biermann Award of the Astronomische Gesellschaft (AG). The award ceremony takes place in Hamburg on September 25, 2012.

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Using artificial intelligence to chart the universe

Using artificial intelligence to chart the universe

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 25, 2012 10:13 AM

24 September 2012. Astronomers in Germany have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm to help them chart and explain the structure and dynamics of the universe around us. The team, led by Francisco Kitaura of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam, report their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Minor planet renamed after scientist from Potsdam

Minor planet renamed after scientist from Potsdam

by Kerstin Mork last modified Apr 01, 2015 04:07 PM

13 September 2012. The Committee on Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has decided that the main-belt Asteroid 278513 is from now on called "Schwope".

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Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship 2012 goes to Dr. Federico Spada

Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship 2012 goes to Dr. Federico Spada

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 26, 2012 02:57 PM

3 September 2012. Dr. Federico Spada is awarded with the Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship 2012. Spada attended the University of Catania, Italy, and got his Master in Physics 2006 for his dissertation about "Galactic dynamo and radio emission polarisation" before receiving 2010 his PhD for his thesis "Rotational history of solar-like stars and angular momentum transport in radiative interiors". He then left for the Institute for Biospheric Studies at Yale University, where he worked with Sabatino Sofia at the Astronomy Departement.

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Technology Transfer in Spectroscopy  (GERMAN)

Technology Transfer in Spectroscopy (GERMAN)

by Kerstin Mork last modified Apr 08, 2015 11:23 AM

9 July 2012. Start-up management seminar: final results presentation

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Magnetic fields slow down stars

Magnetic fields slow down stars

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Oct 10, 2012 10:05 AM

12 June 2012. Scientists have proved the existence of a magnetic effect that could explain why solar-like stars spin very slowly at the end of their lifetime.

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German astronomers finish Europe’s largest solar telescope on Tenerife

German astronomers finish Europe’s largest solar telescope on Tenerife

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 15, 2014 12:17 PM

15 May 2012. After ten years of development, the new German solar telescope GREGOR will start operating at the Spanish Observatorio del Teide of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias on Tenerife. It is the largest solar telescope in Europe and number three worldwide. It will provide the German and the international community of solar physicists with new and better instrumentation which will enable them to investigate our home star in unprecedented detail.

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Publication Award for Meetu Verma

Publication Award for Meetu Verma

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jan 16, 2013 02:37 PM

9 May 2012. Meetu Verma is honored with the Publication Award for young scientists awarded on 10 May 2012 by the 16th Leibniz Kolleg Potsdam. She earned it for three publications about velocity fields on the surface of the sun, which were published in the referred journals Astronomy & Astrophysics and Astronomical Notes.

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When Dark Energy turned on

When Dark Energy turned on

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Oct 26, 2012 03:03 PM

30 March 2012. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) today announced the most accurate measurements yet of the distances to galaxies in the faraway universe, giving an unprecedented look at the time when the universe first began to accelerate. From different perspectives six publications, which have been published online now, address the question of “Dark Energy“, the unknown force that drives our Universe apart.

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Gaseous ring around young star raises questions

Gaseous ring around young star raises questions

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jan 18, 2012 11:09 AM

18 January 2012. Astronomers have detected a mysterious ring of carbon monoxide gas around the young star V1052 Cen, which is about 700 light years away in the southern constellation Centaurus. The ring is part of the star’s planet-forming disk, and it’s as far from V1052 Cen as Earth is from the sun. Discovered with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, its edges are uniquely crisp.

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Innovative optical filters enable new astronomical observations

Innovative optical filters enable new astronomical observations

by Kerstin Mork last modified Dec 28, 2011 04:29 PM

7 December 2011. In the current issue of "Nature Communications" from Dec 06, 2011 physical chemists at University Potsdam and astrophysicists at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in collaboration with colleagues from Sydney / Australia describe their latest results obtained within the ASPIC consortium (Astrophotonics and Instrumentation Consortium): a complex multi-notch optical filter that allows for observations of faint stars and galaxies by suppression of bright infrared night sky.

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AIP is Potsdam's filming location of the month [German]

AIP is Potsdam's filming location of the month [German]

by Kerstin Mork last modified Apr 08, 2015 11:24 AM

1 December 2011. Potsdam has announced the AIP as filming location of the month December during the Potsdam Year of the Film 2011. In 1930, parts of the movie "Stürme über dem Montblanc" (Stormy Montblanc) were filmed at AIP.

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Galaxies light up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Galaxies light up at Art Basel Miami Beach

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 26, 2012 02:52 PM

1 December 2011. On 30 November 2011 the light installation “eL” lighted up for the first time at the Art Basel Miami Beach. The 2.7 meter high chandelier was developed and realised by a cooperation of Astrophysicist Noam Libeskind, his father, American architect Daniel Libeskind and Zumtobel, an international supplier of integral lighting solutions.

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Young Scientist Prize for Mary Williams

Young Scientist Prize for Mary Williams

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jan 16, 2013 02:11 PM

25 October 2011. Mary Williams, a scientist at AIP, has been awarded the science and engineering Brandenburg Young Scientist Prize for her discovery and research of a new stream of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way called the “Aquarius Stream”. The post-doctoral prize comes with a cash award of 20,000 euro.

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Closer to the Sun than ever

Closer to the Sun than ever

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Oct 05, 2011 05:06 PM

5 October 2011. Scientists in Potsdam are preparing for the start of ESA’s “Solar Orbiter” mission

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