A look into the cosmos: Long Night of the Sciences 2019

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) takes part in the Long Night of the Sciences, which takes place on June 15, 2019 from 5 pm to midnight. The AIP opens its scientific-historical sites on the Telegrafenberg: the Great Refractor and the Einstein Tower. The program ranges from exciting lectures about current astrophysical research to observation with the historical telescope.
A look into the cosmos: Long Night of the Sciences 2019

Impression of the Long Night on Telegrafenberg with GFZ, PIK, AWI and AIP. Credit: AIP

Built between 1919 and 1924 according to plans by architect Erich Mendelsohn, the Einstein Tower is not just an architectural masterpiece. The solar telescope was created to prove the redshift of spectral lines through the Sun's gravitational field predicted in Einstein's theory of relativity – the tower is still used for scientific purposes today. On this day visitors will have the rare opportunity to take a look at the laboratory of the Einstein Tower.

In the historic dome hall of the Great Refractor, interested visitors can admire one of the largest refracting telescopes in the world, which is celebrating its 120th birthday this year. Scientists of the AIP give exciting insights into modern research in lectures. Piano sounds fill the room with a special atmosphere before, after dark and with a clear sky, the guests themselves become observers under expert guidance and can take a look through the telescope into the vastness of the cosmos.



Lectures in the seminar room of the Great Refractor (in German):

6 pm: Andrea Diercke – Facets of the Sun: Filaments in various colours

7 pm: Dr. Alexander Warmuth – Departure to the sun: the mission Solar Orbiter

8 pm: Dr. Christian Vocks – The sun - our next star

9 pm: Dr. Horst Balthasar - The Sun and Europe's Largest Solar Telescope GREGOR

In the dome hall:

Handicraft table for children until 8.30pm; Astroquiz (research diploma)

Presentation about the telescope and ist history

from approx. 9.30 pm: Live music – piano and bass with Tinski Music

from approx. 10.30 pm: Observation at the Great Refractor – after dusk and only with a clear view!


The complete programme of the event and information on tickets