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The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is dedicated to astrophysical questions ranging from the exploration of our Sun to the evolution of the cosmos. It focuses on the study of cosmic magnetic fields, extragalactic astrophysics and the development of research technologies in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes and E-science.

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How the Sun’s magnetic forces arrange gas particles

A research team including the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has investigated a solar prominence and has observed that charged particles in it moved 70 percent faster than uncharged particles. The measurements hint at the dynamical processes in the prominence and can be used, for example, to check model computations for simulating gas clouds in star and planet formation.

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Happy Birthday: Astronomical Notes turn 200

The astronomical journal Astronomische Nachrichten/Astronomical Notes (AN) was founded by H. C. Schumacher in 1821 and thus turns 200 years old in 2021. It is the oldest astronomical journal in the world that is still being published.

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Research Area II: Extragalactic Astrophysics

Galaxies are fundamental cosmic building blocks. At the largest scales, they serve as markers to study the distribution of matter in the universe - active galaxies and quasars are particularly important because of their intrinsic brightness. Nearby objects can be spatially resolved and consist of populations with very different patterns of motion, star formation histories and chemical abundances.

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Research Area I: Cosmic Magnetic Fields

Cosmic events are determined by two natural forces: gravity and magnetic fields. The magnetic field research at the AIP is mainly focused on magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations, the magnetically induced activities on the Sun and the stars, solar coronaphysics as well as space weather in our solar system and on planets around other stars.

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175th anniversary of the discovery of Neptune

23 September 2021 marks the 175th anniversary of the discovery of the most distant planet in the solar system. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) celebrates this event with a lecture by Professor Matthias Steinmetz on the history of the discovery in the series of virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights on YouTube.

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A research team including the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has investigated a solar prominence and has observed that charged particles in it moved 70 percent faster than uncharged particles. The measurements hint at the dynamical processes in the prominence and can be used, for example, to check model computations for simulating gas clouds in star and planet formation.

The astronomical journal Astronomische Nachrichten/Astronomical Notes (AN) was founded by H. C. Schumacher in 1821 and thus turns 200 years old in 2021. It is the oldest astronomical journal in the world that is still being published.

23 September 2021 marks the 175th anniversary of the discovery of the most distant planet in the solar system. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) celebrates this event with a lecture by Professor Matthias Steinmetz on the history of the discovery in the series of virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights on YouTube.

 

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Latest Publications

On the road to per cent accuracy - V. The non-linear power spectrum beyond ΛCDM with massive neutrinos and baryonic feedback

Bose, B., ... Pfeifer, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 2, 2479 – Published December 2021

NGC 5746: Formation history of a massive disc-dominated galaxy

Martig, M., ... Minchev, I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 2, 2458 – Published December 2021

Simulations of cosmic ray propagation

Hanasz, M., Strong, A. W., Girichidis, P.
Living Reviews in Computational Astrophysics, 7, 1, 2 – Published December 2021

The evolution of merger fraction of galaxies at z < 0.6 depending on the star formation mode in the AKARI NEP-Wide Field

Kim, E., ... Miyaji, T., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 3, 3113 – Published November 2021

The VMC survey - XLIV: mapping metallicity trends in the large magellanic cloud using near-infrared passbands

Choudhury, S., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Miller, A. E., Niederhofer, F., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 4, 4752 – Published November 2021

Central kinematics of the Galactic globular cluster M80

Göttgens, F., ... den Brok, M., ... Krajnovic, D., Weilbacher, P. M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 4, 4788 – Published November 2021

Implications of the z > 5 Lyman-α forest for the 21-cm power spectrum from the epoch of reionization

Raste, J., ... Keating, L. C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 4, 4684 – Published November 2021

The rapidly oscillating Ap star γ Equ: linear polarization as an enhanced pulsation diagnostic?

Hubrig, S., Järvinen, S. P., Ilyin, I., Strassmeier, K. G., Schöller, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 1, L17 – Published November 2021

The VMC survey - XLIII. The spatially resolved star formation history across the Large Magellanic Cloud

Mazzi, A., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Bell, C. P. M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 1, 245 – Published November 2021

Alignment of the magnetic field in star-forming regions and why it might be difficult to observe

Girichidis, P.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 4, 5641 – Published November 2021

MusE GAs FLOw and Wind (MEGAFLOW) VIII. Discovery of a MgII emission halo probed by a quasar sightline

Zabl, J., ... Wisotzki, L., ... Wendt, M., ... Muzahid, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 3, 4294 – Published November 2021

Two striking head-tail galaxies in the galaxy cluster IIZW108: insights into transition to turbulence, magnetic fields and particle re-acceleration

Müller, A., Pfrommer, C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published October 2021

MUSEQuBES: Characterizing the circumgalactic medium of redshift ≍3.3 Lyα emitters

Muzahid, S., ... Wendt, M., Wisotzki, L., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published October 2021

Presence of red giant population in the foreground stellar sub-structure of the Small Magellanic Cloud

James, D., ... Omkumar, A. O., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... El Youssoufi, D., ... Niederhofer, F., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published October 2021

Dynamical modelling of the twisted galaxy PGC 046832

den Brok, M., Krajnović, D., Emsellem, E., Brinchmann, J., Maseda, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published October 2021

Velocity Difference of Ions and Neutrals in Solar Prominences

Wiehr, E., Stellmacher, G., Balthasar, H., Bianda, M.
The Astrophysical Journal, 920, 1, 47 – Published October 2021

Star Formation Histories of Ultra-faint Dwarf Galaxies: Environmental Differences between Magellanic and Non-Magellanic Satellites?

Sacchi, E. et al.
The Astrophysical Journal, 920, 1, L19 – Published October 2021

Generation of interplanetary type II radio emission

Jebaraj, I. C., ... Mann, G., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 654, A64 – Published October 2021

The MUSE Hubble Ultra Deep Field Survey. XVI. The angular momentum of low-mass star-forming galaxies: A cautionary tale and insights from TNG50

Bouché, N. F., ... Krajnović, D., ... Steinmetz, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 654, A49 – Published October 2021

Deciphering the evolution of the Milky Way discs: Gaia APOGEE Kepler giant stars and the Besançon Galaxy Model

Lagarde, N., ... Chiappini, C., ... Salomon, J.-B., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 654, A13 – Published October 2021

Predictions of Astrometric Jitter for Sun-like Stars. II. Dependence on Inclination, Metallicity, and Active-region Nesting

Sowmya, K., ... Mints, A., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 919, 2, 94 – Published October 2021

On the Use of Field RR Lyrae as Galactic Probes. V. Optical and Radial Velocity Curve Templates

Braga, V. F., ... Storm, J., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 919, 2, 85 – Published October 2021

Searching For Transiting Planets Around Halo Stars. I. Sample Selection and Validation

Kolecki, J. R., ... Ilyin, I., Strassmeier, K. G.
The Astronomical Journal, 162, 4, 125 – Published October 2021

Giant white-light flares on fully convective stars occur at high latitudes

Ilin, E., Poppenhaeger, K., Schmidt, S. J., Järvinen, S. P., ... Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., ... Ilyin, I.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 2, 1723 – Published October 2021

The proper motion of Andromeda from Gaia EDR3: confirming a nearly radial orbit

Salomon, J.-B., ... Libeskind, N. I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 2, 2592 – Published October 2021

Role of host galaxy in the formation of multiple stellar populations: analysis of NGC 1786 and NGC 1898

Vanaraj, V., Niederhofer, F., Goudfrooij, P.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 1, 282 – Published October 2021

The detectability of strong 21-cm forest absorbers from the diffuse intergalactic medium in late reionization models

Šoltinskí, T., ... Keating, L. C., ... Puchwein, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506, 4, 5818 – Published October 2021

Searching water megamasers by using mid-infrared spectroscopy (I): Possible mid-infrared indicators

Lam, M. I., Walcher, C. J., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506, 4, 5548 – Published October 2021

A [C II] 158 μm emitter associated with an O i absorber at the end of the reionization epoch

Wu, Y., ... Keating, L. C., ...
Nature Astronomy – Published September 2021

Ionizing radiation from AGNs at z > 3.3 with the Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey and the CFHT Large Area U-band Deep Survey (CLAUDS)

Iwata, I., ... Micheva, G., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published September 2021

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Dynamics of Solar and Stellar Convection Zones and Atmospheres (IAU Symposium 365)

May 23, 2022 – May 27, 2022