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.
Observation evening at the Great Refractor
On Monday, 26 January, 7 pm, anyone who is interested can join us at the Telegrafenberg and marvel at the world's fourth-largest refracting telescope. If the weather permits, it will also be possible to take a look at through the telescope.
Girls' Day/Zukunftstag 2024
The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is once again going to open its doors for this year's Girls' Day/Future Day Brandenburg on 25 April and offering school girls an insight into working at a research institute.
First data release of eROSITA sky survey
Today, the German eROSITA consortium released the data for its share of the first all-sky survey by the soft X-ray imaging telescope eROSITA flying aboard the Spectrum-RG (SRG) satellite. With about 900,000 distinct sources, the first eROSITA All-Sky Survey (eRASS1) catalogue has yielded the largest X-ray catalogue ever published.
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.
The art of filing, drilling and milling
Newly qualified apprentice Oskar Sauerbrey speaks about his training as a precision mechanic at AIP in an interview. Two new apprenticeships will be available again from September 2024; applications can still be submitted until June. The Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is characterized not only by its various research sections, but also by the technical section, which is responsible for the construction and maintenance of modern instruments and historical telescopes. The associated precision engineering workshop regularly trains young people. One of them is Oskar Sauerbrey. He has just completed his precision mechanics apprenticeship in January 2024 and gives us an exclusive insight into his experiences at AIP.