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July 2014: First science data with the 1.5 m GREGOR Telescope

As of recently, the new German 1.5 m GREGOR Telescope at the Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife) is fully operational. The first scientific data was taken in May of this year with hitherto unparalleled precision. One of the post-focus instruments, the GRegor Infrared Spectrograph (GRIS), records the solar spectrum in the infrared range from 1 µm to 2 µm. With the 1.5 m aperture of the primary mirror of GREGOR, GRIS is able to resolve structures on the solar surface as small as 250 km in the infrared. Spectral lines in the infrared provide information of the atmospheric conditions of a thin...(Read more)

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July 2014: Prof. Berdyugina nominated for the L'Oreal - UNESCO Award For Women in Physical Sciences

Created in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards program identifies and supports five eminent women in science throughout the world. Each year, five Awards Laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science, in Life or Physical Sciences in alternating years. After an internal selection procedure among the qualifying scientists in the 89 Leibniz institutes the president of the Leibniz Association has nominated the deputy director of the KIS, Prof. Svetlana Berdyugina, for this award. Besides her personal scientific excellence her...(Read more)

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