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.
Carl Ramsauer Award for Maria Werhahn
Dr Maria Werhahn receives the Carl Ramsauer Award 2023 of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin e.V. for her outstanding doctoral thesis at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the University of Potsdam.
Observation evenings at the Great Refractor
After a long break, the Great Refractor will again open its dome for public observation evenings. In Case of clear skies, everyone interested has the chance to take a look through the fourth largest refracting telescope in the world and get to know the historic telescope.
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.
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.
A radically new view on dwarf galaxies surrounding the Milky Way
Commonly thought to be long-lived satellites of our galaxy, a new study now finds indications that most dwarf galaxies might in fact be destroyed soon after their entry into the Galactic halo.