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At the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), people not only of different nationalities but also of different sexual orientations or identities work closely together. On Pride Day Germany 2022, the AIP visibly shows to the outside world how a respectful and tolerant working atmosphere is lived at the Babelsberg campus.

The fourth and final data release of the APPLAUSE project offers a total of 94,000 digitized astronomical photographic plates, which were analysed and catalogued using modern methods like machine learning. In addition to scans of plates from Bamberg and the Karl Schwarzschild Observatory near Jena, digitized images from the Vatican Observatory now become available for the first time.

On the 50th anniversary of the discovery of a close connection between star formation in galaxies and their infrared and radio radiation, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have now deciphered the underlying physics. To this end, they used novel computer simulations of galaxy formation with a complete modeling of cosmic rays.

After a two-year break, the Long Night of the Sciences will finally take place again on July 2, 2022, with the participation of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). On the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam, the Great Refractor will open its doors from 5 p.m. to midnight.

On 23 June 2022, the staff of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will commemorate the founding director of the institute and their colleague of many years, Professor Karl-Heinz Rädler, together with family, friends and scientific collaborators of the great researcher at a one-day colloquium.

The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 15 June 2022 on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

The third data release from ESA's Gaia mission contains astrophysical information for 1.8 billion stars in the Milky Way, as well as objects in our solar system and extragalactic sources. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is one of the Gaia partner data centres and was significantly involved in the calculation of the radial velocities.

The Johann Wempe Foundation honours Dr Roland Bacon of the Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, France, with the Johann Wempe Award 2022. The award ceremony will take place at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Babelsberg in the Schwarzschildhaus on Tuesday, 14 June 2022, starting at 2 pm.

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia space observatory will release its third data catalogue on 13 June 2022. Apart from the largest and most accurate astrometric and photometric survey to date, the Gaia Data Release 3 (Gaia DR3) contains the largest collection of astrophysical data to date for 1.8 billion stars in the Milky Way, as well as solar system objects and extragalactic sources.

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.

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