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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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MUSE most detailed look at galaxy field
by Katrin Albaum published Nov 29, 2017 last modified Nov 29, 2017 01:22 PM — filed under: , ,
29 November 2017. Astronomers using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile focused on the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, measuring distances and properties of 1600 very faint galaxies including 72 galaxies that have never been detected before. This resulted in the deepest spectroscopic observations ever made and 10 science papers that are being published in a special issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
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The dark side of light
by Kerstin Mork published Feb 12, 2015 last modified Apr 02, 2015 11:13 AM — filed under: , ,
12 February 2015. In the highly interdisciplinary research project "Loss of the Night", scientists of very different institutions of the Leibniz Association investigate the increasing illumination of the night, its ecological, cultural and socioeconomic effects, and the effects on human health. Their aim is to develop improved lighting concepts and sustainable technologies.
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ESO: Looking Deeply into the Universe in 3D
by Kerstin Mork published Feb 26, 2015 last modified Apr 02, 2015 11:09 AM — filed under: , ,
26 February 2015. MUSE goes beyond Hubble
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Solar eclipse seen by the LOFAR RadioTelescope
by Kerstin Mork published Mar 23, 2015 last modified Apr 02, 2015 11:06 AM — filed under: , ,
23 March 2015. The European radio interferometer LOFAR succeeded in taking unique pictures of the solar eclipse on March 20th as it is not possible by eye.
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First Light for PEPSI
by Kerstin Mork published Apr 22, 2015 last modified Jul 02, 2015 08:51 AM — filed under: , , ,
22 April 2015. The Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument (PEPSI) has received its first celestial light through the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). Astronomers from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam showed the instruments incredible capabilities at different wavelengths and resolving powers. Among the first targets were several of the bright Gaia-ESO benchmark stars, magnetically active stars, solar-like stars with planets, a solar twin in M67, Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, and the bright Nova Sgr 2015b.
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To flare or not to flare: The riddle of galactic thin–thick disk solved
by Kerstin Mork published Apr 24, 2015 last modified Mar 29, 2016 03:59 PM — filed under: , ,
24 April 2015. A long-standing puzzle regarding the nature of disk galaxies has finally been solved by a team of astronomers led by Ivan Minchev from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), using state-of-the-art theoretical models. The new study shows that groups of stars with the same age always flare as the result of massive galactic collisions. When taken all together, these flares, nested like the petals of a blooming rose, puff up the disk and constitute what astronomers call the “thick” disk.
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Largest catalogue of X-ray detected astrophysical objects published
by Kerstin Mork published Apr 28, 2015 last modified Oct 20, 2015 03:36 PM — filed under: , ,
28 April 2015. A systematic analysis of all observations performed so far by the X-ray satellite XMM-Newton resulted in the worlds most comprehensive catalogue of X-ray detected celestial objects. It was compiled and published by a science consortium, the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre, the AIP being one of its members. The catalogue, called 3XMM-DR5, lists 565 962 X-ray detections, ranging from nearby objects in our Solar System to supermassive black holes at the edge of the Universe. For each detection, a wealth of information is provided to help understand the nature of the object and as a result, many new and extreme astrophysical objects will be discovered.
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