View into the night sky: Long Night of Sciences 2022

Großer Refraktor nachts
Credit: AIP
June 24, 2022 //

After a two-year break, the Long Night of the Sciences will finally take place again on July 2, 2022, with the participation of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). On the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam, the Great Refractor will open its doors from 5 p.m. to midnight.

For the Long Night of the Sciences 2022, the historical and world's fourth largest refracting telescope will be open for public visits. On this evening, interested visitors can tour the historically and architecturally impressive dome building and gain exciting insights into current AIP research in lectures. At the handicraft table, children can make star maps, win prizes in an astro quiz and take home sundials. Live music by the jazz duo "Sunset Deluxe" will set the mood for the evening, before visitors can take a look through the telescope at the night sky at dusk around 10:30 p.m., hopefully with a clear view.

In addition, this evening you can also take a look into the cellar (and the instrument) where in 1881 A. Michelson first demonstrated his interferometer, which won the Nobel Prize in 1907, supported the Theory of Relativity, and whose principle is still used today, among other things, to detect gravitational waves (PIK main building).

Lectures in the seminar room of the Great Refractor

6.20 p.m. PD Dr. Axel Schwope: Das neue Bild des Röntgenhimmels mit eROSITA 

7.20 p.m. Prof. Dr. Carsten Denker: Das Sonnenteleskop GREGOR auf Teneriffa

8.20 p.m. Dr. Christian Vocks: Weltraumwetter – Was tut sich da draußen?

In the dome hall

Handicraft table for children, astro quiz

Visit of the telescope and the exhibition

from about 9.00 p.m. Live music with Sunset Deluxe

from about 10.30 p.m. Observation at the Great Refractor – after dark and only with clear view

In the Michelson cellar (PIK main building)

Viewing the Michelson interferometer

Further information

The complete programme of the event and ticket sale

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 aims 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.
Last update: 5. July 2022