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The ultimate RAVE: final data release published
by Kristin Riebe published Jul 27, 2020 last modified Jul 27, 2020 03:58 PM — filed under: , ,
27 July 2020. How do the stars in our Milky Way move? For more than a decade RAVE, one of the first and largest systematic spectroscopic surveys, studied the motion of Milky Way stars. The RAVE collaboration now published the results for over half a million observations in its 6th and final data release. RAVE succeeded in measuring the velocities, temperatures, compositions and distances for different types of stars. The unique database enables scientists to systematically disentangle the structure and evolution history of our Galaxy.
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First images of the Sun from Solar Orbiter
by Franziska Gräfe published Jul 16, 2020 last modified Jul 16, 2020 02:25 PM — filed under: , ,
16 July 2020. Solar Orbiter, a mission of the space agencies ESA and NASA, publishes for the first time images that show our home star as close as never before. Prior to this, the test phase of all instruments was successfully completed.
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Joseph Whittingham receives study prize for physics
by Franziska Gräfe published Jul 09, 2020 — filed under: , ,
9 July 2020. The Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin (PGzB) awards the student for his master thesis, which he completed in the Department of Cosmology and High Energy Astrophysics at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).
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The X-ray sky in its full glory
by Sarah Hönig published Jun 19, 2020 last modified Jun 20, 2020 04:30 AM — filed under: , ,
19 June 2020. The eROSITA space telescope has provided a new, sharp 360° view of the hot and energetic processes across the Universe. The new map contains more than one million objects, roughly doubling the number of known X-ray sources discovered over the 60-year history of X-ray astronomy. Scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have contributed with the discovery of a circular structure caused by a black hole outburst 10,000 years ago.
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Four newborn exoplanets get cooked by their sun
by Sarah Hönig published Jun 11, 2020 — filed under: , ,
11 June 2020. Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) examined the fate of the young star V1298 Tau and its four orbiting exoplanets. The results show that these recently born planets are roasted by the intense X-ray radiation of their young sun, which leads to the vaporisation of the gaseous envelope of these planets. The innermost planets could be evaporated down to their rocky cores, so that there is no atmosphere left.
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AIP Schwarzschild Fellow Marcel Pawlowski receives Klaus Tschira Boost Fund
by Sarah Hönig published May 11, 2020 last modified May 12, 2020 10:39 AM — filed under: , ,
11 May 2020. Dr. Marcel Pawlowski, Schwarzschild Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), receives funding from the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the German Scholars Organisation for his research on the distribution of satellite galaxies around the Milky Way and the nature of dark matter.
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Science donates equipment to health care facilities
by Sarah Hönig published Apr 01, 2020 last modified Apr 01, 2020 01:49 PM — filed under: , ,
1 April 2020. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) provides protective equipment to fight the corona epidemic. The Minister of Science and Culture Manja Schüle hands over the utensils, which were collected at Brandenburg universities and non-university research institutions, to the mayor of Potsdam, Mike Schubert.
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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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Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Rädler (1935-2020)
by Franziska Gräfe published Feb 12, 2020 last modified Mar 03, 2020 01:04 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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