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Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night

Talk (in German): Schwarze Löcher im Universum (Christoph Pfrommer)

On Thursday, starting at 6 p.m., Professor Christoph Pfrommer's lecture on the topic "Black holes in the universe" from the Babelsberg Starry Night series will be online.

Black holes are among the most mysterious objects in our universe. But what do we really know about them and what is science fiction? In this lecture, we will embark on a journey to the limits of our knowledge and learn what makes black holes so fascinating. Christoph Pfrommer will explain the observations that finally convinced astrophysicists that black holes exist in reality and that were recently honoured with two Nobel Prizes. In addition, the scientist will present theories that explain the formation and growth of cosmic objects. But black holes are not isolated in the universe, they can even influence the evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters. By studying black holes, we better understand the mysteries of cosmological structure formation.

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

or via the YouTube channel Urknall, Weltall und das Leben (Big bang, the Universe and Life) and can be viewed at any time afterwards.

Last update: 17. November 2021