The AIP is another research institute of the Leibniz Association and is based on the premises of the observatory in Potsdam Babelsberg. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory, which was founded in the year 1700, as well as the Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam, founded in 1874, which was the first institute worldwide to dedicate itself explicitly to astrophysics. The AIP is primarily concerned with cosmetic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. Additionally, it works as a competence centre for the development of research technologies in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes and e-science.
Within the research cooperation "Loss of the Night" the AIP is involved in the subproject "Detailed characterisation of natural and artificial night-sky brightness at rural and remote sites".
Leader of subproject at the AIP is PD Dr. A. Schwope