Starry Night on October 18

A new season of the Babelsberg starry nights begins: On October 18, at 7.15 pm the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites you to the first event after the summer break. Dr. Klaus Fritze gives a lecture on the history of Potsdam astronomy. Please note that the lecture will be given in German.


The beginnings of astrophysical research in Potsdam go back a long way. In the more than 300 years that have passed since the founding of the Royal Berlin Observatory - the predecessor institution of today's AIP - numerous well-known personalities, scientific highlights and historical events shaped the history of the institute. Which role played Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz play in founding? How is Alexander von Humboldt connected to the observatory? Which traces left the turbulent 20th century? With the lecture at a historical site, Klaus Fritze invites to a journey through time and explains how Potsdam became the astronomical science location, that it is today.


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