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.
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.
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.
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.
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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