Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night


Illustration of a red dwarf star orbited by a hypothetical exoplanet.

Credit: NASA/ESA/G. Bacon (STScI)
July 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 July 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., Ekaterina Ilin's lecture on the topic "Other suns and their planets: a magnetic tango" from the Babelsberg Starry Night series will be online.

We can see almost none of our closest neighbouring stars in the Milky Way with the naked eye. Only with a telescope do their fascinating physics reveal themselves. Small, cool, faint: at first glance they seem inconspicuous. But on closer inspection, we discover enormous magnetic explosions, extensive starspots, and energetic radiation that literally makes their big sister, the Sun, look old. In this lecture, we will travel to some of them and explore how the planets that orbit many of them fare in this extreme environment.

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: 16. July 2021