Starry Night on December 20

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, December 20 , 2018, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Anke Arentsen on "Galactic Archeology: About Searching for and Finding Pristine Stars". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
Starry Night on December 20

Künstlerische Darstellung der Milchstraße. Credit: NASA/JPL/Alejandra Recio-Blanco

Galactic archeology is the part of astronomy that deals with the history of our Milky Way. How did it come into being? And what did it look like earlier? To find out, astrophysicists investigate the stars in our galaxy. Each of them has a unique chemical fingerprint that tells something about its story. The oldest stars, which are almost as old as the universe, give us important insights. But how do you find these pristine stars among all the others? And what are they telling us? On this journey far into the past of our universe you will learn more about our home galaxy and the work of a galactic archaeologist.




After the talk, we offer a tour over the AIP campus and – if the sight is clear – an observation with one of our historical reflecting telescopes. 

We look forward to your visit!

Free entry, no previous registration necessary.

Location: AIP, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam