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Starry Night on February 16

AIP invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg this Thursday, February 16, starting with a public lecture of astrophysicist Noam Libeskind about "Our cosmic neighborhood" at 7:15pm. Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

What is our place in the Universe? Where are we? What does our cosmic neighborhood look like? How do astronomers even begin to compile a 3-dimensional atlas of the universe if, unlike the surface of Earth, the Universe is expanding and galaxies are gravitating?

In his talk "Our cosmic neighbourhood" Noam Libeskind will explain the latest developments on how astronomers map the universe, what we know about where we fit in and where we are headed.  The Laniakea supercluster is the largest object ever discovered by mankind. It stretches across nearly half a billion light years of outer space and encompasses at least 100,000 galaxies that we can see. It is undoubtedly the biggest thing against which we can measure our place in the Universe.

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