Starry Night on November 15

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, November 15, 2018, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Dr Iris Traulsen on "Digging deeper: Which secrets X-ray astronomy reveals". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
Starry Night on November 15

An artist's impression of the X-ray telescope XMM-Newton. (Credit: ESA-C. Carreau)

Until the 20th century, astrophysics were mainly influenced by observations in optical light. Extraterrestrial light of other wavelengths is shield by the Earth's atmosphere. As technological development enabled telescopes to rise above the Earth's atmosphere with rockets and satellites, new fields of research opened up. By now, hundreds of thousands of stars and galaxies are known to emit X-rays, from our sun to huge galaxy clusters far away. An international team, including the AIP, evaluates X-ray observations and publishes catalogs of objects, all of which were recorded using the European Space Telescope XMM-Newton. What imeans X-ray astrophysics? Which processes in the universe do we observe in X-rays? And what is the work of the team behind the catalogs? You are invited to a journey into hot and extreme areas of the universe that are hidden from the naked eye.


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