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On the trail of 1.8 billion stars

On the trail of 1.8 billion stars

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Dec 03, 2020 11:09 AM

3 December 2020. Spanning a period of 34 months, the ESA Gaia mission has now published the first part of its third data release (EDR3). It provides the most precise measurements of positions and motions of 1.8 billion objects across the sky. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is strongly involved in the Gaia data reduction and is one of the official Gaia Partner Data Centres that host a mirror of the complete Gaia archive.

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With 35,000 eyes in the sky: world's largest fibre spectrograph completed

With 35,000 eyes in the sky: world's largest fibre spectrograph completed

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Dec 02, 2020 10:32 AM

2 December 2020. Astronomers from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), together with colleagues from Germany and the US, have completed an astronomical spectrograph that is capable of creating the largest map of the cosmos.

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Grant for research on satellite galaxies

Grant for research on satellite galaxies

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Dec 02, 2020 10:21 AM

27 November 2020. Dr Marcel Pawlowski from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) receives funding in the Leibniz competition to establish a junior research group dedicated to the motion and distribution of satellite galaxies of our Milky Way and other galaxies.

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Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night on 19 November

Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night on 19 November

by Kristin Riebe last modified Nov 18, 2020 01:03 PM

The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcasted on Thursday, 19 November 2020 on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

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Excellent Handiwork

Excellent Handiwork

by Kristin Riebe last modified Dec 02, 2020 08:42 AM

13 November 2020. For many years, precision mechanics have been trained in the precision engineering workshop of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) according to the principles of the Chamber of Crafts. Now Leander Leibnitz, an apprentice of the AIP, has won the victory in the German crafts competition in the state of Brandenburg.

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First observations: Fifth generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

First observations: Fifth generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Nov 03, 2020 04:14 PM

3 November 2020. The groundbreaking all-sky survey collected its very first observations of the cosmos. It will increase the understanding of formation and evolution of galaxies like our Milky Way. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is a full member of the SDSS consortium.

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Protective layer: Magnetic field of the Jellyfish galaxy JO206

Protective layer: Magnetic field of the Jellyfish galaxy JO206

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Oct 29, 2020 09:49 AM

26 October 2020. Gas tails give them their jellyfish-like appearance: So-called jellyfish galaxies are difficult to study because of their low brightness. An international research team has now gained new insights into the physical conditions prevailing in the gas tail of these galaxies.

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New study verifies prediction from Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

New study verifies prediction from Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Oct 23, 2020 09:15 AM

23 October 2020. An international research team has used observational data and simulations to determine the redshift in the Sun's gravitational field with unprecedented accuracy. This effect, predicted by Einstein, was the reason for constructing a solar telescope at the beginning of the 1920s, capable of measuring the spectrum of the Sun: the Einstein Tower in Potsdam.

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Call for Nominations for 2021 Wempe Award

Call for Nominations for 2021 Wempe Award

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Nov 13, 2020 10:06 AM

13 October 2020. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam, Germany (AIP) welcomes nominations and applications for the Johann Wempe Award 2021.

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New Season of Babelsberg Starry Nights starts online

New Season of Babelsberg Starry Nights starts online

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Oct 20, 2020 02:38 PM

On Thursday, 15 October 2020, the Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will begin again. For the time being, the popular lecture series will not take place on the research campus in Babelsberg, but will be hosted on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lectures will be given in German.

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Search for traces of microplastics in humans: New joint research project funded

Search for traces of microplastics in humans: New joint research project funded

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Oct 05, 2020 03:53 PM

5 October 2020. The PlasMark project, which has been awarded 4.5 million Euros by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, will start in October 2020 with the aim of investigating the consequences of microplastics in the human body. Methods from astrophysics will be applied.

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Historical Sky: Half a century of Potsdam solar research digitally accessible

Historical Sky: Half a century of Potsdam solar research digitally accessible

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Sep 23, 2020 09:59 AM

23 September 2020. As part of the large-scale digitization project APPLAUSE, digitized photographic plates have recently become available online, with images of the sun taken between 1943 and 1991 at the Einstein Tower Solar Observatory in Potsdam.

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Cosmic dance: A solution to the Galactic bar paradox

Cosmic dance: A solution to the Galactic bar paradox

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Nov 03, 2020 09:06 AM

25 August 2020. The very heart of our Milky Way harbours a large bar-like structure of stars whose size and rotational speed have been strongly contested in the last years. A new study has found an elegant solution to the discrepancies found in different observational studies, using the fact that the bar and spiral arms move at different rotational velocities, encountering each other about every 80 Million years. As the faster-rotating bar approaches a spiral arm, it appears to be much longer and their ongoing mutual attraction due to gravity periodically varies both their rotational speeds.

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Mysterious dimming of Betelgeuse: Dust clearing up

Mysterious dimming of Betelgeuse: Dust clearing up

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Sep 08, 2020 10:10 PM

13 August 2020. Between October 2019 and February 2020 the brightness of the star Betelgeuse has dropped by more than a factor of three. New observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the robotic STELLA telescope of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) now provide an explanation for the phenomenon.

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First images of the Sun from Solar Orbiter

First images of the Sun from Solar Orbiter

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Jul 16, 2020 02:25 PM

16 July 2020. Solar Orbiter, a mission of the space agencies ESA and NASA, publishes for the first time images that show our home star as close as never before. Prior to this, the test phase of all instruments was successfully completed.

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The ultimate RAVE: final data release published

The ultimate RAVE: final data release published

by Kristin Riebe last modified Sep 08, 2020 10:10 PM

27 July 2020. How do the stars in our Milky Way move? For more than a decade RAVE, one of the first and largest systematic spectroscopic surveys, studied the motion of Milky Way stars. The RAVE collaboration now published the results for over half a million observations in its 6th and final data release. RAVE succeeded in measuring the velocities, temperatures, compositions and distances for different types of stars. The unique database enables scientists to systematically disentangle the structure and evolution history of our Galaxy.

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Joseph Whittingham receives study prize for physics

Joseph Whittingham receives study prize for physics

by Franziska Gräfe last modified Jul 09, 2020 09:29 AM

9 July 2020. The Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin (PGzB) awards the student for his master thesis, which he completed in the Department of Cosmology and High Energy Astrophysics at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

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The X-ray sky in its full glory

The X-ray sky in its full glory

by Sarah Hönig last modified Oct 12, 2020 11:25 AM

19 June 2020. The eROSITA space telescope has provided a new, sharp 360° view of the hot and energetic processes across the Universe. The new map contains more than one million objects, roughly doubling the number of known X-ray sources discovered over the 60-year history of X-ray astronomy. Scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have contributed with the discovery of a circular structure caused by a black hole outburst 10,000 years ago.

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Four newborn exoplanets get cooked by their sun

Four newborn exoplanets get cooked by their sun

by Sarah Hönig last modified Jun 11, 2020 09:59 AM

11 June 2020. Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) examined the fate of the young star V1298 Tau and its four orbiting exoplanets. The results show that these recently born planets are roasted by the intense X-ray radiation of their young sun, which leads to the vaporisation of the gaseous envelope of these planets. The innermost planets could be evaporated down to their rocky cores, so that there is no atmosphere left.

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AIP Schwarzschild Fellow Marcel Pawlowski receives Klaus Tschira Boost Fund

AIP Schwarzschild Fellow Marcel Pawlowski receives Klaus Tschira Boost Fund

by Sarah Hönig last modified May 12, 2020 10:39 AM

11 May 2020. Dr. Marcel Pawlowski, Schwarzschild Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), receives funding from the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the German Scholars Organisation for his research on the distribution of satellite galaxies around the Milky Way and the nature of dark matter.

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