New Season of Babelsberg Starry Nights starts online

On Thursday, 15 October 2020, the Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will begin again. For the time being, the popular lecture series will not take place on the research campus in Babelsberg, but will be hosted on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lectures will be given in German.

Dr. Axel Schwope will begin with a lecture on "The new image of the X-ray sky: eROSITA one year in space". After a successful launch and a slightly bumpy commissioning phase, the eROSITA X-ray telescope has produced its first complete map of the X-ray sky. In just half a year, it found more X-ray objects in the sky than all other telescopes combined over the last 60 years. Although the scientific evaluation has only just begun, Axel Schwope can already report on some initial fascinating results and astonishing discoveries.

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 can be viewed at any time afterwards.


Further dates: Babelsberg Starry Nights


Cosmic X-ray- echo, observed with eROSITA. Credit: G. Lamer, D. Mella

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.