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Nova rediscovered after more than 2,000 years
by Sarah Hönig published Apr 29, 2019 last modified Apr 30, 2019 03:27 PM — filed under: , ,
29 April 2019. Modern astronomical observations now discovered the remnant of a nova explosion whose position corresponds to a celestial phenomenon described in ancient Chinese records. The discovery thus confirms one of the oldest astronomical observations outside the solar system.
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AIP successful in European contest for knowledge and technology transfer
by Sarah Hönig published May 22, 2019 last modified May 23, 2019 06:21 PM — filed under: , ,
April 8 2019, updated 22 May 2019. From galaxy research to the fight against cancer – the research and innovation center innoFSPEC, part of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), receives funding by the European Commission for the development of pioneering technology for economy and society. Today's kick-off meeting at CERN in Geneva marked the start of the one-year funding period for all 170 projects funded under the ATTRACT research and innovation project.
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Physics study prize awarded to Ekaterina Ilin and Timon Thomas
by Sarah Hönig published Jun 17, 2019 last modified Jul 24, 2019 11:06 AM — filed under: , ,
17 June 2019. The Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin awards this year's Physics Study Prize to two students who have completed their master theses at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).
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eROSITA X-ray telescope launch
by Sarah Hönig published Jun 20, 2019 last modified Jul 15, 2019 12:33 PM — filed under: , ,
– Update 13 July 2019 – eROSITA, the main payload for the Russian-German “Spectrum-X-Gamma” mission, has been launched with a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 13 July. eROSITA will constrain the evolutionary properties of dark energy and discover millions of active galactic nuclei and thousands of compact objects in our Milky Way.
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Chemical element potassium detected in an exoplanet atmosphere
by Sarah Hönig published Sep 04, 2019 last modified Oct 28, 2019 02:53 PM — filed under: , ,
4 September 2019. A team of astronomers led by AIP PhD student Engin Keles detected the chemical element potassium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, for the first time with overwhelming significance and applying high-resolution spectroscopy. The Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument (PEPSI) at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona was used to study the atmosphere on the Jupiter-like exoplanet HD189733b.
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16th Potsdam Thinkshop: The rotation periods of cool stars
by Sarah Hönig published Sep 19, 2019 last modified Dec 11, 2019 03:59 PM — filed under: , ,
From the 23rd to the 26th of September, more than 50 scientists meet at the 16th Potsdam Thinkshop on AIP’s campus in Babelsberg, Potsdam, Germany. Each year, the event series of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) focuses on a different field of astrophysical research. This year, the topic is the rotation of stars, the study of which provides new insights into their behavior beyond the classical measures of distance and brightness.
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An overlooked piece of the solar dynamo puzzle
by Sarah Hönig published Oct 28, 2019 last modified Oct 28, 2019 10:28 AM — filed under: , ,
28 October 2019. A previously unobserved mechanism is at work in the Sun’s rotating plasma: a magnetic instability, which scientists had thought was physically impossible under these conditions. The effect might even play a crucial role in the formation of the Sun’s magnetic field, say researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the University of Leeds and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).
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Of harps, Christmas trees, a wandering star and the mysterious streams of cosmic rays
by Kristin Riebe published Dec 19, 2019 last modified Jan 07, 2020 05:01 PM — filed under: , ,
19 December 2019. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP), and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching (MPA), have investigated galactic radio objects that adopt shapes such as Christmas trees and harps. With the help of these objects, the old question of how cosmic radiation propagates could be answered.
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X-ray eye in space celebrates 20 years
by Sarah Hönig published Jan 20, 2020 last modified Jan 20, 2020 09:28 AM — filed under: , ,
20 January 2020. At the beginning of the millennium, the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton space telescope started observing the X-ray sky. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, scientists, including those at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), are now publishing new catalogues of all X-ray sources discovered with XMM-Newton.
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Total lunar eclipse: observing the Earth as a transiting planet
by Franziska Gräfe published Feb 28, 2020 last modified Mar 02, 2020 03:57 PM — filed under: , ,
2 March 2020. Astronomers succeeded in recording sunlight shining through the Earth’s atmosphere in a manner similar to the study of distant exoplanets. During the extraordinary occasion of a lunar eclipse, the Large Binocular Telescope observed the light that was filtered by the Earth’s atmosphere and reflected by the Moon in unique detail. In addition to oxygen and water, atomic spectral lines of sodium, calcium and potassium were detected in our atmosphere in this way first time.
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