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.
Giant planets could reach “maturity” much earlier than previously thought
An international team of scientists has successfully measured the masses of the giant planets of the V1298 Tau system, which is just 20 million years old. The study now published in Nature Astronomy delivers the first evidence that these objects can reach their final size within their first millions of years of evolution.
Solar Orbiter - Earth flyby
The space probe Solar Obiter, carrying on board the X-ray telescope STIX developed with the participation of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), approaches Earth in a flyby manoeuvre on 27 November 2021 for the first time since the start of its journey almost two years ago and then begins the scientific part of its mission to explore the Sun.
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.
Starlight catching system for 4MOST is unpacked in Potsdam
With construction for 4MOST, an instrument for spectroscopic sky surveys, underway, its first major subsystem arrived at the Babelsberg campus of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and is now being unpacked and assembled.
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