Open Day on 23 September 2016

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites everybody to an open day on 23 September 2016 from 4 to 10 PM.

Scientists will give insights into astronomical research with a varied programme for young and old. If the skies are clear, visitors will have the chance to look at the sky with telescopes.

The Open Day is inspired by the discovery of the planet Neptune that took place exactly 170 years ago. On 23 September 1846, the astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle at the Berlin Observatory - one of the two predecessor intitutions of AIP - observed Neptune for the first time, confirming theoretical predictions by the astronomer and mathematician Urbain Le Verrier.

Extended schedule for Bus 616


Some highlights:

  • Public lectures on astronomical research
  • Guided tours of the historic observatory and its library
  • Experiments with light
  • Activities for kids
  • Galactic simulations in the 3D cinema
  • Observations (if skies are clear, we will observe the Sun during the day, later stars and planets)
  • ....and much more!

When: 23  September 2016, 4pm-22pm

Where: Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg.

We recommend using public transport. How to get to AIP.

How: Free admission, no prior registration needed.


Media contact: Kerstin Mork, +49 331 7499 803,


The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.