Virtual Talk: Babelsberg Starry Night at 19th January 2023

Big hole in surface of the Earth

The "Meteor Crater" in Arizona is probably the best known impact crater on earth. Even some 50,000 years after the event, all the consequences of the impact of a large iron meteorite are still clearly visible here. It is not without reason that the Apollo astronauts once trained here for their moon missions. The picture shows the view from the western rim into the still 170 meters deep crater.

Credit: Jürgen Rendtel
Jan. 18, 2023 //

The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on the topic "Meteorite Craters on Earth" will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 19 January 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. Jürgen Rendtel‘s lecture on the topic "Meteorite Craters on Earth" from the Babelsberg Starry Night series will be online.

Meteorite craters are found on many celestial bodies, but on Earth most of these craters are no longer recognizable as such due to subsequent processes. In this lecture Dr. Jürgen Rendtel explains with various examples how meteorite impacts occur and how exactly the craters are formed.

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: 18. January 2023