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The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 19 May 2022 on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

The Leibniz-Kolleg Potsdam honours Dr Dario Fritzewski, who analysed the rotational activity of a 300-million-year-old star cluster in three publications and further developed an innovative method for determining the age of stars, with its publication prize.

The X-ray telescope eROSITA discovered for the first time the early phase of a thermonuclear explosion and thus confirms a decades-old prediction of a nova model.

After the laying of the foundation stone in October, the main body of the planned extension building for the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is already complete. To mark the occasion, today the institute celebrated with a topping out ceremony.

On May 7, 2022, the Potsdam Science Day will take place for the eighth time, with more than 30 universities, schools and research institutions in Brandenburg presenting themselves - including the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

On 28 April, 2022, the Girls' Day/Future Day Brandenburg will take place once again. On this nationwide day of action, female students from the 5th grade onwards have the opportunity to gain insight into occupational fields in which women are underrepresented. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) opens its doors, again virtually, on this day.

The first of three spectrographs for 4MOST, a new innovative instrument for sky surveys being built under the leadership of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), arrived at the institute’s campus in Babelsberg and produced its first spectrum.

Using data from the VISTA survey of the Magellanic Clouds system (VMC), researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), in collaboration with scientists from the VMC team, confirmed the existence of elongated orbits which are at the backbone of the bar formation process.

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Dr Oliver Gressel, scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), with a prestigious Consolidator Grant. The aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of the formation and development of the gas disks around young stars from which planets are formed. The grant covers almost 2.5 million euros over a period of five years.

AIP shows solidarity with all Ukrainians and especially the Ukrainian researchers.

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) announces the completion of a major three-publication survey of one of the richest accessible open star clusters. The final study features a method of deriving the rotation periods of stars from just one observation of the stellar activity rather than repeated observations over several weeks.

An international team of scientists has successfully measured the masses of the giant planets of the V1298 Tau system, which is just 20 million years old. The study now published in Nature Astronomy delivers the first evidence that these objects can reach their final size within their first millions of years of evolution.

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