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.
The red planet on tour in Potsdam
The planet Mars is visiting the city of Potsdam in the form of a work of art from 16 to 28 September as part of the Science Year "Our Universe". The ceremonial opening will take place on Saturday, 16 September at 5:30 pm in the St. Nicholas Church.
Annual Meeting of the German Astronomical Society
“Cosmic Evolution of Matter on all Scales” is the theme of the annual conference of the German Astronomical Society, which began today at the TU Berlin and is expected to attract around 300 scientists working in the field of astronomy.
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.