Starry Night on March 15

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, March 15, 2018, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Hakan Önel on "Destination Sun - Our closest star and Solar Orbiter". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
Starry Night on March 15

Illustration of Solar Orbiter on its journey to the Sun. Credit: ESA

The Sun is just one among many stars, and yet a very special one for Earth's inhabitants. Though solar research was undertaken since ancient times, until now mankind still didn't succeed in answering all the questions around the Sun. Solar Orbiter, an ESA mission planned for 2019, is going to help improving our understanding of the Sun with new observations.

With vivid movies and images, this talk will introduce you to the fascinating world of solar research. On an easily understandable level, you will learn about Sun's composition, the solar cycle, impressive eruptions and the influence of Sun on Earth.

Finally, you will learn the most important facts about the Solar Orbiter Mission of ESA and its upcoming journey to our central celestial body. You will get the opportunity to look at a prototype of the X-ray telescope STIX, which was developed here at AIP.

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