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Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Rädler (1935-2020)
by Franziska Gräfe published Feb 12, 2020 last modified Feb 13, 2020 03:12 PM — filed under: , ,
The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) mourns the loss of Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Rädler. On the 9th of February, 2020, he passed away at the age of 84. As the founding director of the AIP and Chairmen of the board from 1992 to 1998, Karl-Heinz Rädler made a significant contribution to the establishment of the institute and development as an internationally recognized research center for astrophysics.
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Towards the Sun
by Sarah Hönig published Feb 06, 2020 last modified Feb 11, 2020 09:27 AM — filed under: , ,
– Update 11 February 2020 – In the early morning hours of 10 February, the Solar Orbiter space probe started its journey into space. The mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) will explore the Sun at close range. On board is the X-ray telescope STIX, which was developed and built with involvement from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).
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"Working with your head and your hands" – Apprenticeship at the AIP
by Sarah Hönig published Feb 03, 2020 last modified Feb 13, 2020 01:07 PM — filed under: , ,
3 February 2020. In addition to excellent astrophysical research, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) excels in the development of modern research infrastructure. This is possible in part thanks to the institute's own precision engineering workshop in the technical section. For many years, precision machinists have been trained there according to the principles of trade. The graduates Cornelius Lübke and Leander Leibnitz successfully completed their apprenticeship in January 2020 and tell of their experiences in an interview.
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Sun under double observation
by Franziska Gräfe published Jan 29, 2020 last modified Feb 10, 2020 09:44 AM — filed under: , ,
– Update 29 January 2020 – At the end of January, NASA's space probe "Parker Solar Probe" is approaching the Sun for the fourth time, this time up to a distance of only 28 solar radii. Never before has a spacecraft been so close to our home star. An international project under the auspices of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) adds ground-based measurements at the same time – enabling completely new insights into solar activity and its effects on Earth.
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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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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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Three supermassive black holes discovered at the core of one galaxy
by Sarah Hönig published Nov 21, 2019 last modified Dec 18, 2019 11:27 AM — filed under: , ,
21 November 2019. An international research team led by scientists from Göttingen and Potsdam have for the first time shown that the galaxy NGC 6240 contains three supermassive black holes. The unique observations, published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, reveal the black holes close to each other in the core of the galaxy. The study points to simultaneous merging processes during the formation of the largest galaxies in the universe.
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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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eROSITA – first glimpse into the hot universe
by Sarah Hönig published Oct 22, 2019 last modified Oct 22, 2019 03:38 PM — filed under: , ,
22 October 2019. The German space telescope eROSITA has now published the first astounding images of the hot universe. With all seven “X-ray eyes” it targeted a rare neutron star, the Large Magellanic Cloud and interacting galaxy clusters.
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New season of Starry Nights in Babelsberg starts
by Sarah Hönig published Oct 14, 2019 last modified Oct 14, 2019 03:24 PM — filed under: , ,
On Thursday, 17 October 2019, starting at 7:15 pm, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the start of the new season of our Starry Nights in Babelsberg. Christian Thomas, research assistant at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, will give a public lecture on the topic "Astronomy in Alexander von Humboldt's Cosmos lectures". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
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