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Karl Schwarzschild Fellow 2014: Else Starkenburg
by Kerstin Mork published Sep 01, 2014 last modified Sep 12, 2014 11:56 AM — filed under: ,
1 September 2014. The AIP welcomes this years Karl Schwarzschild Fellow Else Starkenburg. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Else Starkenburg also holds an M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy and an M.A. in Theoretical Philosophy.
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Astronomers unveil secrets of giant elliptical galaxies
by Kerstin Mork published Sep 12, 2014 last modified Sep 25, 2014 02:25 PM — filed under: ,
12 September 2014 Davor Krajnović, astronomer at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), and his colleagues Eric Emsellem (ESO) and Marc Sarzi (University of Hertfordshire), have discovered how giant elliptical galaxies move. Their study is based on data obtained by the newly installed Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE).
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An unprecedented view of two hundred galaxies
by Kerstin Mork published Oct 01, 2014 last modified Apr 04, 2016 09:15 AM — filed under: ,
1 October 2014. The second data release of the international project CALIFA - a survey of galaxies carried out at Calar Alto observatory – will take place today. Galaxies are the result of an evolutionary process started thousands of million years ago, and their history is coded in their distinct components. The CALIFA project is intended to decode the galaxies’ history in a sort of galactic archaeology, through the 3D observations of a sample of six hundred galaxies. With this second data release corresponding to two hundred galaxies, the project reaches its halfway point with important results behind.
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Matthias Steinmetz elected President of the German Astronomical Society
by Kerstin Mork published Sep 24, 2014 last modified Nov 29, 2016 11:33 AM — filed under:
24 September 2014. Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz, scientific chairman of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), is the new President of the German Astronomical Society (Astronomische Gesellschaft, AG). On their annual fall meeting the AG elected Steinmetz also chair of the Council of German Observatories (Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, RDS).
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Partial solar eclipse observed by SDI
by Kerstin Mork published Oct 24, 2014 last modified Dec 12, 2014 10:24 AM — filed under: , ,
23 October 2014. The images show a large Sunspot that appeared two days earlier. The SDI telescope uses the Sun as a guide star to keep its image to be well-projected onto the entrance fibres to the spectrograph. As it is equipped with a guiding video camera, it allows us to observe any other events of interest like the partial solar eclipse in Arizona on October 23 which lasted from 14:21 to 16:45 MST with a maximum of the obscuration up to 33% at 15:37 MST (UTC-7).
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Epsilon Aurigae - an extremely dynamic binary star
by Kerstin Mork published Nov 12, 2014 last modified Nov 12, 2014 10:57 AM — filed under: ,
12 November 2014. Based on an observation campaign lasting seven years, scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) published new findings about the binary star system Epsilon Aurigae in Astronomische Nachrichten (Astronomical Notes). The observation data was obtained using AIP’s robotic STELLA telescope on Tenerife.
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Life possible on extrasolar moons
by Kerstin Mork published Jan 10, 2013 last modified Oct 15, 2013 01:13 PM — filed under: ,
10 January 2013. In their search for habitable worlds, astronomers have started to consider exomoons, or those likely orbiting planets outside the solar system. In a new study, a pair of researchers has found that exomoons are just as likely to support life as exoplanets.
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Cancer Diagnostics with Astrophysics
by Kerstin Mork published Oct 14, 2013 last modified Nov 04, 2013 09:33 AM — filed under: ,
14 October 2013. Physicians and Astrophysicists work on a new Diagnostic Method - Scientists from innoFSPEC Potsdam, a centre of innovative competence in the research field “Fibre-optical Spectroscopy and Sensing“ established at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), are working together with researchers of Charité Berlin on a new method of minimally invasive, optical cancer diagnostics.
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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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Starry Night on October 19
by Katrin Albaum published Oct 17, 2017 last modified Oct 11, 2018 10:55 AM — filed under: ,
The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, October 19, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Ralf-Dieter Scholz about our "Cool neighboring stars". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
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