Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night


Artist’s impression of brown dwarfs

Credit: AIP/J. Fohlmeister

April 14, 2021 // The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 15 April 2021 on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

On Thursday, starting at 6 p.m., the lecture on the topic "Brown dwarfs and red dwarf stars in the local environment of our Sun" from the Babelsberg Starry Night series will be online here.

The stars in the immediate vicinity of the Sun are mostly cool red dwarf stars. Also cool is the search for still hidden, inconspicuous cosmic neighbours. There is an astonishing amount of stars to discover, especially extremely faint brown dwarfs. Among the discoveries of recent years is Scholz's Star, which not long ago approached the Sun up to a distance five times closer than today's known nearest neighbour, Proxima Centauri. Further cosmic encounters are being detected and predicted with the help of the European space telescope Gaia.

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.

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: 15. April 2021