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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.

Dr Maria Werhahn receives the Carl Ramsauer Award 2023 of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin e.V. for her outstanding doctoral thesis at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the University of Potsdam.

Commonly thought to be long-lived satellites of our galaxy, a new study now finds indications that most dwarf galaxies might in fact be destroyed soon after their entry into the Galactic halo.

In the spirit of Copernicus’s revolutionary idea and in honour of his 550th anniversary, a one-day Heraeus symposium will take place in Berlin on 10 November, focussing on our place in the universe, galaxy and solar system.

After a long break, the Great Refractor will again open its dome for public observation evenings.

ESA’s Gaia provides many new and improved insights into our galaxy and beyond with the release of five new data products. Among other findings, the mission reveals half a million new and faint stars in a massive cluster.

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia space observatory will release new and expanded data on 10 October 2023, bringing findings that go far beyond what Gaia was initially designed for.

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) welcomes Dr. Meredith Powell as a new Karl Schwarzschild Fellow.

Today, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the Wüstenrot Foundation celebrated the completion of the renovation of the Einstein Tower in the Albert Einstein Science Park. At the ceremony, Minister of Science Dr. Manja Schüle and Potsdam’s Lord Mayor Mike Schubert spoke words of greeting for the opening as guests of honour.

The planet Mars is visiting the city of Potsdam in the form of a work of art from 16 to 28 September as part of the Science Year "Our Universe". The ceremonial opening will take place on Saturday, 16 September at 5:30 pm in the St. Nicholas Church.

“Cosmic Evolution of Matter on all Scales” is the theme of the annual conference of the German Astronomical Society, which began today at the TU Berlin and is expected to attract around 300 scientists working in the field of astronomy.

On the occasion of the Day of the Open Monument 2023, the “Förderverein Großer Refraktor e.V.” association will open the doors to the historic refracting telescope on 10 September from 10 am to 6 pm.

On 12 August, the Long Night of Astronomy invites to Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin from 5 pm to 1 am. The event not only gives visitors the opportunity to admire the Perseids meteor stream together, but also presents a colourful programme for the whole family.

Employing state-of-the-art numerical simulations, a study led by scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) has obtained the first systematic characterization of the properties of stellar winds in a sample of cool stars.

Scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and Boston University have successfully established a connection between the rotation rates of stars in star clusters and those outside them, so-called field stars, enabling the ages of the latter to be derived.

On 14 July 2023, Brandenburg's Minister of Science, Research and Culture Dr Manja Schüle will open an open-air exhibition on the Milky Way at the “Alter Markt” square in Potsdam’s city centre. The project was developed as part of the Science Year "Our Universe" and includes accompanying events such as lectures, student workshops and podcasts with Potsdam researchers.

Dr Timon Thomas, postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), is awarded the Michelson Prize by the Faculty of Science of the University of Potsdam for his outstanding dissertation on the field of theoretical astrophysics.

The discovery of a rare type of star system in two independent studies by the University of Warwick and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) provides new insights into the dynamo model’s predictions for stellar evolution.