Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night


Artist's impression of the exoplanet system Trappist-1.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Dec. 15, 2020 // The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 17 December 2020 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 "Planets around other stars - from exotic to Earth-like" from the Babelsberg Starry Night series will be online. Prof. Dr. Katja Poppenhäger, head of the Department of Stellar Physics and Exoplanets at the AIP, will present the exotic siblings of the planets in our solar system. How many planets orbiting other stars have already been discovered? What different species live in the exoplanet zoo? And is there possibly a second Earth?

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: 25. February 2021