Virtual Talk: Babelsberg Starry Night at 16 March


The STELLA Observatory on the Canary Island of Tenerife. Roofs are open and the two telescopes are ready for observing.

Credit: AIP
March 15, 2023 //

The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on the topic "Robotic telescopes at AIP" will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 16 March 2023 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. Thomas Granzer‘s lecture on the topic "Robotic telescopes at the AIP" from the Babelsberg Starry Night series will be online.

More than two decades ago, AIP began construction of its STELLA robotic observatory, which today consists of two 1.2-metre telescopes used for high-resolution spectroscopy and photometry, respectively. At the time, it was the first robotic high-resolution spectroscopic telescope ever built; to date, there are few projects that meet this challenge. Although it was built primarily for stellar research, it has been used successfully in other fields as well. In this talk, Thomas Granzer will give an overview of the technology and software developments that have been instrumental in the successful operation of the observatory and present the most important scientific results.

On the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6 p.m., the Babelsberg Starry Night 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: 16. March 2023