Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night


Artist's illustration of a neutron star, surrounded by a strong magnetic field.

Credit: Casey Reed - Penn State University
June 15, 2022 //

The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), a video with answers to questions about the lecture "The Magnificent Seven – Seven 'naked' neutron stars in the X-ray sky" will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 16 June 2022 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., Dr. Axel Schwope's answer video to questions on his lecture "The Magnificent Seven – Seven 'naked' neutron stars in the X-ray sky" from the Babelsberg Starry Night series will be online.

With more than 71,000 views, a large number of questions and comments have accumulated under the video since March 2022. Axel Schwope answers some of them, including those on topics such as possibility of magnetic fields on neutron stars, subatomic particles, the stability of neutron star matter "outside" and the movement of these noble stars.

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

or via the YouTube channel Urknall, Weltall und das Leben (Big bang, the Universe and Life) 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. June 2022