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Total lunar eclipse: observing the Earth as a transiting planet

Total lunar eclipse: observing the Earth as a transiting planet

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Mar 02, 2020 03:57 PM

2 March 2020. Astronomers succeeded in recording sunlight shining through the Earth’s atmosphere in a manner similar to the study of distant exoplanets. During the extraordinary occasion of a lunar eclipse, the Large Binocular Telescope observed the light that was filtered by the Earth’s atmosphere and reflected by the Moon in unique detail. In addition to oxygen and water, atomic spectral lines of sodium, calcium and potassium were detected in our atmosphere in this way first time.

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20 February | Starry Night in Babelsberg

20 February | Starry Night in Babelsberg

by Sarah Hönig last modified Feb 21, 2020 09:09 AM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, 20 February 2020, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Axel Schwope with the title "eROSITA and the new image of the x-ray sky". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

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Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Rädler (1935-2020)

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Rädler (1935-2020)

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Mar 03, 2020 01:04 PM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) mourns the loss of Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Rädler. On the 9th of February, 2020, he passed away at the age of 84. As the founding director of the AIP and Chairmen of the board from 1992 to 1998, Karl-Heinz Rädler made a significant contribution to the establishment of the institute and development as an internationally recognized research center for astrophysics.

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Towards the Sun

Towards the Sun

by Sarah Hönig last modified Feb 11, 2020 09:27 AM

– Update 11 February 2020 – In the early morning hours of 10 February, the Solar Orbiter space probe started its journey into space. The mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) will explore the Sun at close range. On board is the X-ray telescope STIX, which was developed and built with involvement from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

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"Working with your head and your hands" – Apprenticeship at the AIP

"Working with your head and your hands" – Apprenticeship at the AIP

by Sarah Hönig last modified Feb 13, 2020 01:07 PM

3 February 2020. In addition to excellent astrophysical research, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) excels in the development of modern research infrastructure. This is possible in part thanks to the institute's own precision engineering workshop in the technical section. For many years, precision machinists have been trained there according to the principles of trade. The graduates Cornelius Lübke and Leander Leibnitz successfully completed their apprenticeship in January 2020 and tell of their experiences in an interview.

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X-ray eye in space celebrates 20 years

X-ray eye in space celebrates 20 years

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jan 20, 2020 09:28 AM

20 January 2020. At the beginning of the millennium, the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton space telescope started observing the X-ray sky. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, scientists, including those at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), are now publishing new catalogues of all X-ray sources discovered with XMM-Newton.

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16 January | Starry Night in Babelsberg

16 January | Starry Night in Babelsberg

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Jan 17, 2020 09:07 AM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, 16 January 2020, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Marcel Pawlowski with the title "Dark matter and the dance of dwarf galaxies". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

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Of harps, Christmas trees, a wandering star and the mysterious streams of cosmic rays

Of harps, Christmas trees, a wandering star and the mysterious streams of cosmic rays

by Kristin Riebe last modified Jan 07, 2020 05:01 PM

19 December 2019. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP), and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching (MPA), have investigated galactic radio objects that adopt shapes such as Christmas trees and harps. With the help of these objects, the old question of how cosmic radiation propagates could be answered.

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8 January | Observation night in the Great Refractor

8 January | Observation night in the Great Refractor

by Sarah Hönig last modified Mar 03, 2020 05:04 PM

On Wednesday, 8 January 2020, from 7 pm, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to a public observation night in the Great Refractor.

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19 December | Starry Night in Babelsberg

19 December | Starry Night in Babelsberg

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jan 13, 2020 09:28 AM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, 19 December 2019, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Genoveva Micheva with the title "What can "green peas" tell us about the first galaxies?". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

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9 December | Observation night in the Great Refractor

9 December | Observation night in the Great Refractor

by Sarah Hönig last modified Dec 11, 2019 04:02 PM

On Monday, 9 December, 2019, from 7 pm, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to a public observation night in the Great Refractor.

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Three supermassive black holes discovered at the core of one galaxy

Three supermassive black holes discovered at the core of one galaxy

by Sarah Hönig last modified Dec 18, 2019 11:27 AM

21 November 2019. An international research team led by scientists from Göttingen and Potsdam have for the first time shown that the galaxy NGC 6240 contains three supermassive black holes. The unique observations, published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, reveal the black holes close to each other in the core of the galaxy. The study points to simultaneous merging processes during the formation of the largest galaxies in the universe.

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21 November | Starry Night in Babelsberg

21 November | Starry Night in Babelsberg

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jan 08, 2020 03:47 PM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, 21 November 2019, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Professor Katja Poppenhäger on "Other worlds: A guided tour of the exoplanet zoo". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

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An overlooked piece of the solar dynamo puzzle

An overlooked piece of the solar dynamo puzzle

by Sarah Hönig last modified Oct 28, 2019 10:28 AM

28 October 2019. A previously unobserved mechanism is at work in the Sun’s rotating plasma: a magnetic instability, which scientists had thought was physically impossible under these conditions. The effect might even play a crucial role in the formation of the Sun’s magnetic field, say researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the University of Leeds and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

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eROSITA – first glimpse into the hot universe

eROSITA – first glimpse into the hot universe

by Sarah Hönig last modified Oct 22, 2019 03:38 PM

22 October 2019. The German space telescope eROSITA has now published the first astounding images of the hot universe. With all seven “X-ray eyes” it targeted a rare neutron star, the Large Magellanic Cloud and interacting galaxy clusters.

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New season of Starry Nights in Babelsberg starts

New season of Starry Nights in Babelsberg starts

by Sarah Hönig last modified Oct 14, 2019 03:24 PM

On Thursday, 17 October 2019, starting at 7:15 pm, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the start of the new season of our Starry Nights in Babelsberg. Christian Thomas, research assistant at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, will give a public lecture on the topic "Astronomy in Alexander von Humboldt's Cosmos lectures". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

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Wempe Award for Elisabeth Newton

Wempe Award for Elisabeth Newton

by Sarah Hönig last modified Sep 24, 2019 12:36 PM

24 September 2019. In recognition of her outstanding research on the rotation and magnetism of low-mass stars, the Johann Wempe Foundation is honoring Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Newton of Dartmouth College, USA, with the Wempe Award. The ceremony will take place on 26 September 2019, starting at 3:00 pm at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Babelsberg.

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16th Potsdam Thinkshop: The rotation periods of cool stars

16th Potsdam Thinkshop: The rotation periods of cool stars

by Sarah Hönig last modified Dec 11, 2019 03:59 PM

From the 23rd to the 26th of September, more than 50 scientists meet at the 16th Potsdam Thinkshop on AIP’s campus in Babelsberg, Potsdam, Germany. Each year, the event series of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) focuses on a different field of astrophysical research. This year, the topic is the rotation of stars, the study of which provides new insights into their behavior beyond the classical measures of distance and brightness.

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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 Nov 15, 2019 04:53 PM

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 Oct 28, 2019 02:53 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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