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A new, spectacular view of the Large Magellanic Cloud

A new, spectacular view of the Large Magellanic Cloud

by Sarah Hönig last modified Sep 13, 2019 09:17 AM

13 September 2019. The VISTA survey of the Magellanic Clouds, led by Maria-Rosa Cioni of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), reveals a remarkable new image of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The telescope, part of ESO’s Paranal observatory, has been surveying this galaxy and its sibling, the Small Magellanic Cloud, as well as their surroundings, in unprecedented detail for the last decade.

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Chemical element potassium detected in an exoplanet atmosphere

Chemical element potassium detected in an exoplanet atmosphere

by Sarah Hönig last modified Sep 16, 2019 04:25 PM

4 September 2019. A team of astronomers led by AIP PhD student Engin Keles detected the chemical element potassium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, for the first time with overwhelming significance and applying high-resolution spectroscopy. The Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument (PEPSI) at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona was used to study the atmosphere on the Jupiter-like exoplanet HD189733b.

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New 3D view of the Milky Way reveals the central Galactic bar

New 3D view of the Milky Way reveals the central Galactic bar

by Sarah Hönig last modified Aug 27, 2019 10:41 AM

16 July 2019. By combining the results from ESA’s Gaia mission’s second data release (DR2) with complementary observations, scientists under the leadership of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the University of Barcelona present a map of our Milky Way that shows the central bar structure.

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The Sun and the Inner Heliosphere – Radio Astronomy Conference CESRA in Potsdam

The Sun and the Inner Heliosphere – Radio Astronomy Conference CESRA in Potsdam

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jul 08, 2019 01:16 PM

In the week from 8 to 12 July 2019, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is hosting a conference on the exploration of solar activity by means of radio emissions and their effects on our Earth. At Telegrafenberg Potsdam, about 100 scientists will discuss their latest research results and the expected findings of the current space missions to the Sun.

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eROSITA X-ray telescope launch

eROSITA X-ray telescope launch

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jul 15, 2019 12:33 PM

– Update 13 July 2019 – eROSITA, the main payload for the Russian-German “Spectrum-X-Gamma” mission, has been launched with a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 13 July. eROSITA will constrain the evolutionary properties of dark energy and discover millions of active galactic nuclei and thousands of compact objects in our Milky Way.

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Physics study prize awarded to Ekaterina Ilin and Timon Thomas

Physics study prize awarded to Ekaterina Ilin and Timon Thomas

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jul 24, 2019 11:06 AM

17 June 2019. The Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin awards this year's Physics Study Prize to two students who have completed their master theses at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

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A look into the cosmos: Long Night of the Sciences 2019

A look into the cosmos: Long Night of the Sciences 2019

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jun 12, 2019 12:09 PM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) takes part in the Long Night of the Sciences, which takes place on June 15, 2019 from 5 pm to midnight. The AIP opens its scientific-historical sites on the Telegrafenberg: the Great Refractor and the Einstein Tower. The program ranges from exciting lectures about current astrophysical research to observation with the historical telescope.

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Dutch royal couple visits Telegrafenberg

Dutch royal couple visits Telegrafenberg

by Sarah Hönig last modified May 23, 2019 06:19 PM

22 May 2019. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands today visited the Great Refractor of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) at the Albert Einstein Science Park on the Telegrafenberg accompanied by a high-ranking German-Dutch delegation.

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AIP successful in European contest for knowledge and technology transfer

AIP successful in European contest for knowledge and technology transfer

by Sarah Hönig last modified May 23, 2019 06:21 PM

April 8 2019, updated 22 May 2019. From galaxy research to the fight against cancer – the research and innovation center innoFSPEC, part of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), receives funding by the European Commission for the development of pioneering technology for economy and society. Today's kick-off meeting at CERN in Geneva marked the start of the one-year funding period for all 170 projects funded under the ATTRACT research and innovation project.

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Take a stand for science

Take a stand for science

by Sarah Hönig last modified Apr 30, 2019 03:04 PM

Together with the German Electron Synchrotron DESY in Zeuthen and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is starting the campaign "Wissen schafft" ("Knowledge creates").

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Nova rediscovered after more than 2,000 years

Nova rediscovered after more than 2,000 years

by Sarah Hönig last modified Apr 30, 2019 03:27 PM

29 April 2019. Modern astronomical observations now discovered the remnant of a nova explosion whose position corresponds to a celestial phenomenon described in ancient Chinese records. The discovery thus confirms one of the oldest astronomical observations outside the solar system.

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Nearby galaxy shows how the young, dark Universe became illuminated

Nearby galaxy shows how the young, dark Universe became illuminated

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jul 17, 2019 11:43 AM

25 March 2019. A team of astronomers found a nearby star-forming galaxy to emit energetic photons in a similar way to the first generation of galaxies. These first galaxies turned the Universe transparent, less than one billion years after the Big Bang.

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Stellar Cartography

Stellar Cartography

by Kristin Riebe last modified Mar 19, 2019 04:57 PM

19 March 2019. The Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument (PEPSI) at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona released its first image of the surface magnetic field of another star. In a paper in the European journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, the PEPSI team presents a Zeeman- Doppler-Image of the surface of the magnetically active star II Pegasi.

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Milky Way and beyond: Next Generation Survey Telescope

Milky Way and beyond: Next Generation Survey Telescope

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Mar 08, 2019 09:40 AM

6 March 2019. The 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope 4MOST will be the largest spectroscopic survey facility of its kind in the Southern hemisphere and address today’s most pressing astronomical questions in the fields of Galactic archaeology, high-energy astrophysics, galaxy evolution and cosmology. With the publication of 13 papers, the consortium introduces 4MOST to the scientific community.

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Symposium on the Milky Way receives Potsdam Conference Award

Symposium on the Milky Way receives Potsdam Conference Award

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Mar 01, 2019 03:51 PM

28 February 2019. On the evening of February 28, the Potsdam Conference Award was awarded for the seventh time. The IAU symposium "Rediscovering our Galaxy" hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) won the award in the category "Single Events" and the special award for using innovative technologies.

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Astronomy in the European Open Science Cloud

Astronomy in the European Open Science Cloud

by Janine Fohlmeister last modified Nov 20, 2018 11:55 AM

20 November 2018. First quarter 2019 sees the exciting launch of ESCAPE, one out of the five successfully retained Cluster projects, which the European Commission supports with €16 million to boost the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will develop a classification engine which automatically identifies, classifies, and provides physical properties of solar and stellar atmospheres.

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Historical star data digitally available

Historical star data digitally available

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Mar 01, 2019 04:47 PM

24 October 2018. The large-scale digitization project APPLAUSE provides historical photographic plates from more than one hundred years of astronomical observation of numerous observatories online. The digital archive, equipped with special functions by the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), not only preserves the historical inventory, but also offers the observation data of that time in a form that can be used for today's research. For example, time gaps in studies of long-term variable stars can be filled.

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New professor for Stellar Physics and Exoplanets

New professor for Stellar Physics and Exoplanets

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Mar 01, 2019 01:14 PM

18 October 2018. Prof. Dr. Katja Poppenhäger, expert on planets around other Suns, was successfully appointed as the head of the stellar physics and stellar activity section at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), and as joint professor at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

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Journey to the Beginning of Time

Journey to the Beginning of Time

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Mar 01, 2019 01:04 PM

8 October 2018. With the Pristine survey, an international team is looking for and researching the oldest stars in our Universe. The goal is to learn more about the young Universe right after the Big Bang. In a recent publication, the scientists have reported on the discovery of a particularly metal-poor star: a messenger from the distant past.

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