Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night on 18 February

The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcast on Thursday, 18 February 2021 on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night on 18 February

Credit: Hubble/ESA & NASA

From 6 p.m. on Thursday, Anika Beer’s lecture on the topic "How massive stars form galaxies" from the Babelsberg Starry Night series will be available online. The lecture will be held in German.

Massive stars are proportionally fewer in number than low-mass stars, but they have a much greater influence on their environment and the evolution of galaxies. In this lecture, we will learn about the life cycle of massive stars as well as some exotic phases. In addition, the following questions will be answered: How heavy is the most massive star? What role do massive stars play in galaxy evolution? And: How can we actually observe these stars?

This season, the Babelsberg Starry Nights will not take place on site at the AIP, but will come straight to your home: on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. the lectures are available at and on the Youtube channel of Urknall, Weltall und das Leben and can be viewed at any time afterwards.

Further dates: Babelsberg Starry Nights


The key areas of research at 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. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.