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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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Meteorite discovery near Ribbeck: Virtual lecture from the Babelsberg Starry Nights on 20th June 2024

On 21 January 2024, an asteroid struck Ribbeck near Nauen in Brandenburg. Dr Jürgen Rendtel from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) was one of the meteorite searchers and found some fragments himself. In his lecture, which will be broadcast from Thursday, 20 June 2024 on the YouTube channel “Urknall, Weltall und das Leben” (Big Bang, Universe and Life), he reports on the discovery, the search for the fragments and the peculiarities of the meteorite (in German).

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ESO signs agreement for ANDES instrument on the ELT

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has signed an agreement for the design and construction of ANDES, the ArmazoNes high Dispersion Echelle Spectrograph. The ANDES instrument will be installed on ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).

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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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First detection of magnetic massive stars outside our galaxy

For the first time, magnetic fields have been detected in three massive, hot stars in our neighboring galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. While magnetic massive stars have already been detected in our own galaxy, the discovery of magnetism in the Magellanic Clouds is especially important because these dwarf galaxies have a strong population of young massive stars. This provides a unique opportunity to study actively forming stars and the upper limit to the mass that a star can have and remain stable.

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On June 16, 2024, the President of Nepal, Ram Chandra Paudel, visited the research institutes on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam.

On 21 January 2024, an asteroid struck Ribbeck near Nauen in Brandenburg. Dr Jürgen Rendtel from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) was one of the meteorite searchers and found some fragments himself. In his lecture, which will be broadcast from Thursday, 20 June 2024 on the YouTube channel “Urknall, Weltall und das Leben” (Big Bang, Universe and Life), he reports on the discovery, the search for the fragments and the peculiarities of the meteorite (in German).

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has signed an agreement for the design and construction of ANDES, the ArmazoNes high Dispersion Echelle Spectrograph. The ANDES instrument will be installed on ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).

 

Latest Publications

Introducing the BRAHMA simulation suite: Signatures of low mass black hole seeding models in cosmological simulations

Bhowmick, A. K., ... Weinberger, R., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published June 2024

Broad and Bidirectional Narrow Quasiperiodic Fast-propagating Wave Trains Associated with a Filament-driven Halo Coronal Mass Ejection on 2023 April 21

Zhou, X., ... Tan, S., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 968, 2, 85 – Published June 2024

The Basic Iterative Deconvolution: A Fast Instrumental Point-Spread Function Deconvolution Method That Corrects for Light That Is Scattered Out of the Field of View of a Detector

Hofmeister, S. J.
Solar Physics, 299, 6, 77 – Published June 2024

Generation of relativistic electrons at the termination shock in the solar flare region

Mann, G., Veronig, A. M., Schuller, F.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A207 – Published June 2024

The SRG/eROSITA All-Sky Survey. Tracing the large-scale structure with a clustering study of galaxy clusters

Seppi, R., ... Krumpe, M.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A196 – Published June 2024

The dependence of the magnetism of a near-limb sunspot on height

Benko, M., Balthasar, H., Gömöry, P., Kuckein, C., González Manrique, S. J.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A194 – Published June 2024

Discovery of the magnetic cataclysmic variable XMM J152737.4-205305.9 with a deep eclipse-like feature

Ok, S., Schwope, A., Buckley, D. A. H., Brink, J.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A175 – Published June 2024

Populating the Milky Way. Characterising planet demographics by combining galaxy formation simulations and planet population synthesis models

Boettner, C., ... Libeskind, N., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A167 – Published June 2024

ASTRAEUS. IX. Impact of an evolving stellar initial mass function on early galaxies and reionisation

Cueto, E. R., ... Gottlöber, S., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A138 – Published June 2024

Compact white dwarf binaries in the combined SRG/eROSITA/SDSS eFEDS survey

Schwope, A., Kurpas, J., Baecke, P., Knauff, K., Stütz, L., Tubín-Arenas, D., Standke, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A110 – Published June 2024

The Low-mass Stellar Initial Mass Function in Nearby Ultrafaint Dwarf Galaxies

Filion, C., ... Sacchi, E.
The Astrophysical Journal, 967, 2, 165 – Published June 2024

The impact of AGN X-ray selection on the AGN halo occupation distribution

Powell, M. C., Krumpe, M., Coil, A., Miyaji, T.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A57 – Published June 2024

Discovery of a dormant 33 solar-mass black hole in pre-release Gaia astrometry

Gaia Collaboration, ... Weingrill, K., ... Enke, H., ... Mints, A., ... Mudimadugula, R., ... Trentin, E., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, L2 – Published June 2024

Detection of extragalactic magnetic massive stars

Hubrig, S., ... Järvinen, S. P., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, L4 – Published June 2024

A 500 pc volume-limited sample of hot subluminous stars. I. Space density, scale height, and population properties

Dawson, H., ... Soemitro, A. A., Roth, M. M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 686, A25 – Published June 2024

An Eccentric Planet Orbiting the Polar V808 Aurigae

Leichty, M., ... Schwope, A., Kurpas, J., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 967, 2, 81 – Published June 2024

Exploring the directly imaged HD 1160 system through spectroscopic characterization and high-cadence variability monitoring

Sutlieff, B. J., ... Ilyin, I., ... Strassmeier, K. G., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 531, 1, 2168 – Published June 2024

Hall-magnetohydrodynamic simulations of X-ray photoevaporative protoplanetary disc winds

Sarafidou, E., Gressel, O., Picogna, G., Ercolano, B.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 530, 4, 5131 – Published June 2024

The PEPSI Exoplanet Transit Survey (PETS) - V. New Na D transmission spectra indicate a quieter atmosphere on HD 189733b

Keles, E., ... Poppenhaeger, K., ... Carroll, T. A., Ilyin, I., Baratella, M., Steffen, M., Strassmeier, K. G., ... Mallonn, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 530, 4, 4826 – Published June 2024

Star formation shut down by multiphase gas outflow in a galaxy at a redshift of 2.45

Belli, S., ... Weinberger, R.
Nature, 630, 8015, 54 – Published June 2024

The origin of the characteristic shape and scatter of intergalactic damping wings during reionization

Keating, L. C., Puchwein, E., Bolton, J. S., Haehnelt, M. G., Kulkarni, G.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 531, 1, L34 – Published June 2024

Particle initialization effects on Lyman-α forest statistics in cosmological SPH simulations

Khan, N. K., ... Puchwein, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 530, 4, 4920 – Published June 2024

Projection effects on pressure profiles: A case study of the Virgo replica

Lebeau, T., Sorce, J. G., Aghanim, N.
European Physical Journal Web of Conferences, 293, 00028 – Published June 2024

Deep Hubble Space Telescope Photometry of Large Magellanic Cloud and Milky Way Ultrafaint Dwarfs: A Careful Look into the Magnitude–Size Relation

Richstein, H., ... Sacchi, E., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 967, 1, 72 – Published May 2024

Runaway OB Stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud. III. Updated Kinematics and Insights into Dynamical versus Supernova Ejections

Phillips, G. D., Oey, M. S., Cuevas, M., Castro, N., Kothari, R.
The Astrophysical Journal, 966, 2, 243 – Published May 2024

Robust bounds on ALP dark matter from dwarf spheroidal galaxies in the optical MUSE-Faint survey

Todarello, E., ... Steinmetz, M., ...
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2024, 5, 043 – Published May 2024

Hypervelocity star candidates from Gaia DR2 and DR3 proper motions and parallaxes

Scholz, R.-D.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, A162 – Published May 2024

Spectral variations within solar flare ribbons

Pietrow, A. G. M., Druett, M. K., Singh, V.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, A137 – Published May 2024

Gaia Focused Product Release: A catalogue of sources around quasars to search for strongly lensed quasars

Gaia Collaboration, ... Weingrill, K., ... Enke, H., ... Fournier, Y., ... Mints, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, A130 – Published May 2024

The Great Dimming of Betelgeuse: The photosphere as revealed by tomography over the past 15 yr

Jadlovský, D., Granzer, T., Weber, M., ... Strassmeier, K. G., Poppenhäger, K.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, A124 – Published May 2024

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06.06.2024
Public Event

On this day, it is possible to visit the Great Refractor and the Einstein Tower at the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam.

06.06.2024, 14:00 – 15:30
Scientific

Organised by the association Förderverein Freunde und Förderer des AIP e.V. in the frame of the Bohemian Days Babelsberg.

Organised by the association Förderverein Freunde und Förderer des AIP e.V. in the frame of the Bohemian Days Babelsberg.

Organised by the association Förderverein Freunde und Förderer des AIP e.V. in the frame of the Bohemian Days Babelsberg.

13.06.2024, 14:00 – 15:30
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20.06.2024, 20:00 – 21:00
Public Event

Talk (in German): Von 2024BX1 nach Ribbeck - Der Meteorit und seine Besonderheiten (Jürgen Rendtel)

20.06.2024, 20:00 – 21:00
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Talk (in German): Von 2024BX1 nach Ribbeck - Meteoritenfund in Brandenburg (Jürgen Rendtel)

27.06.2024, 14:00 – 16:00
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04.07.2024, 14:00 – 16:00
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