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Milestone approaches for the 4MOST project as the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) gears up to dispatch the first major shipment of the 4MOST instrument to Chile.

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to a Special Edition of the Babelsberg Starry Nights, this time live in Babelsberg, on Friday, 8th March 2024, starting at 7:00 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Andreas Kelz on the topic "4MOST – Observing the sky with 2400 eyes". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

The next talk of the Virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on the topic "The Sun as chronometer of physical processes" (German) will be broadcast on the YouTube channel “Urknall, Weltall und das Leben” (Big Bang, Universe and Life) from Thursday, 15 February 2024.

Newly qualified apprentice Oskar Sauerbrey speaks about his training as a precision mechanic at AIP in an interview. Two new apprenticeships will be available again from September 2024; applications can still be submitted until June.

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is once again going to open its doors for this year's Girls' Day/Future Day Brandenburg on 25 April and offering school girls an insight into working at a research institute.

Today, the German eROSITA consortium released the data for its share of the first all-sky survey by the soft X-ray imaging telescope eROSITA flying aboard the Spectrum-RG (SRG) satellite. With about 900,000 distinct sources, the first eROSITA All-Sky Survey (eRASS1) catalogue has yielded the largest X-ray catalogue ever published.

The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope operating at low radio frequencies. LOFAR was previously organised as a project and is now, on 22nd January, being transformed, into an independent legal form: a consortium for a European research infrastructure.

The next talk of the Virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on the topic "Deep Views into the Void - The Hubble Deep Fields" will be broadcast on the YouTube channel "Big Bang, Universe and Life" from Thursday, 18 January 2024.

New observations and sophisticated methods provide new and unexpected insights into the magnetic secrets of a star: the magnetic braking of a star's rotation is weakened with increasing age. This influences the habitability of exoplanets.

This week there are two moon-related events: on Thursday a video lecture on "Return to the Moon" (episode 2) as part of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights and on Friday the opportunity for live observations with the world's fourth largest refracting telescope in Potsdam.

Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have discovered a new plasma instability that promises to revolutionize our understanding of the origin of cosmic rays and their dynamic impact on galaxies.

Under certain circumstances galaxies release huge quantities of matter into their environment, triggered by a large number of explosions of massive stars.

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