Starry Night on March 16

AIP invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, 16, starting at 7:15pm with a public lecture of Dr. Peter Weilbacher about astronomical observation methods of star-forming regions such as the Orion Nebula and the Antennae Galaxies. Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
Starry Night on March 16

Star-forming regions in the Antennae Galaxies. Credits: P. Weilbacher/AIP

What do astronimical instruments look like? How can you split light into its energetic components and how does spatial resolution spectroscopy work? What do we learn from that about star-forming regions?

The star-forming region closest to us is the so-called Orion Nebula, a giant molecule cloud, that contains thousands of young stars. Countless stars also form in the region of the Antennae Galaxies – two galaxies that are colliding with each other in our closer cosmic neighborhood. In his talk „3D Spectroscopy of Star-Forming Regions“ Peter Weilbacher explains with which methods he and his colleagues observe these and other regions and how they characterize their features by analyzing their observational data in detail on the computer.

After the talk, a guided tour can be taken over the campus and - if skies are clear - public observation with telescopes is offered.

We look forward to your visit!

Free entry, no previous registration necessary.

Location: AIP, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam