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Scientific satellites traverse the challenging region of near-earth space known as the Van Allen radiation belt. | Figure: Yuri Shprits; background: NASA

Giant particle accelerator in the sky – Electrons are locally heated to extremely high energies within the Van Allen Radiation Belts, new study finds

The Earth’s magnetic field is trapping high energy particles. When the first satellites were launched into space, scientists led by James Van Allen... more
The Astrophysicist Nicole Reindl. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

The Future of Suns – Astrophysicist Nicole Reindl researches in the new postdoc program at the University of Potsdam

The University of Potsdam has offered 16 positions as part of its new postdoc program – with a free choice of topic. For three years, the junior... more
Sonneneruption. | Foto: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA.

Storm in Space - How Data Assimilation Can Contribute to Forecasting Space Weather

They help us communicate over long distances, navigate unknown terrain, and predict the weather. Hundreds of satellites orbit the Earth servicing... more
Künstlerische Darstellung des aktiven Galaxiekerns. Das supermassive Schwarze Loch im Zentrum der Akkretionsscheibe schickt einen energiereichen, scharf gebündelten Teilchenstrahl senkrecht ins All. Grafik: DESY Science Communication Lab.

Signals Every Second – Astrophysicists Develop Telescope Alarm System for Next-Generation Gamma-Ray Observatory CTA

It is a step into a new dimension. The search for time-dependent phenomena in space is in full swing and, with it, the search for cosmic sources of... more
Der Flammennebel im Sternbild Orion. Foto: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

From the Dark into the Light – Research initiative spotlights astrophysics in Potsdam

Potsdam is one of the four most important astrophysics research sites in Germany. Besides the University of Potsdam, three internationally leading... more

Luminous Gas Halos – Astrophysicists research galaxy envelopes in the young universe

It is a journey to the beginning of our being. The hunt for galaxies in the young universe and for what surrounds these heavenly worlds is in full... more
Bild: Christian Stegmann, DESY

Borderless View into the Universe

Professor Christian Stegmann Uses Gamma-Ray Telescopes to Look for Cosmic Accelerators
There is one appointment after the other. Christian Stegmann hurries down the corridor, a hard hat under his arm. There is a lot of construction work... more