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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 Sep 16, 2019 04:25 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 — 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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Perspectives of Astrophysics in Germany from 2017 to 2030
by Katrin Albaum published Sep 19, 2017 last modified Sep 26, 2017 09:05 AM — filed under: , ,
19 September 2017. At the annual meeting of the German Astronomical Society 2017, the Council of German Observatories presented the Denkschrift 2017 “Perspectives of astrophysics in Germany 2017-2030: From the beginnings of the cosmos to clues for life on extrasolar planets“. In this publication, the Council of German Observatories (in German: Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, or RDS for short) gives an overview of the status of the field of astronomy and astrophysics, presents the main scientific questions and lays out the structures needed to further promote the field. The RDS recommends for example the participation of Germany in the construction and further development of major observatories such as the Extremely Large Telescope and other observatories by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, the Square Kilometre Array in South Africa and Australia, and the European Solar Telescope on Tenerife. The RDS supports a strong German investment in space research, especially within the national space program.
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The LBT gets polarized: First light for the PEPSI polarimeters
by Kristin Riebe published Oct 12, 2017 last modified Nov 29, 2017 01:16 PM — filed under: , , , ,
12 October 2017. Thanks to a cleverly designed "two-in-one" instrument attached to the world's most powerful telescope, astronomers can extract more clues about the properties of distant stars or exoplanets than previously possible.
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Award for equal opportunity
by Katrin Albaum published Nov 01, 2017 last modified Nov 01, 2017 03:30 PM — filed under: , ,
1 November 2017. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has received the „TOTAL E-QUALITY“ award for the years 2017 to 2019. It is presented to organizations from the private sector, science and administration that successfully implement gender equality in their personnel and organization policies.
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Next generation astronomical survey to map the entire sky
by Katrin Albaum published Nov 17, 2017 last modified Mar 05, 2019 02:20 PM — filed under: , ,
17 November 2017. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award a $16 million grant for the next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V). The grant will kickstart a groundbreaking all-sky spectroscopic survey for a next wave of discovery, anticipated to start in 2020.
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