Public Events

International Tuesday

Sharepic for International Tuesday with the Orion nebula in the background.

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites you to an evening all about astronomy on International Tuesday. Scientists from the institute will give an insight into their field of research, playing music on a rainbow and invite the public to join in. From observing the Sun to stars in the Milky Way and other galaxies, the researchers guide us through the fascinating science that tries to unlock the secrets of our universe.

Please note: the event will be held in English, registration necessary!

Currently we cannot offer any live events at our sites in Babelsberg and at the Telegrafenberg.

Various events take place at the AIP, both on the Babelsberg campus and at its historic site on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg.

Babelsberg Starry Nights


Starry Night lectures 2020/21

Our popular lecture series is now taking place online. From October 2020 to June 2021, on the third Thursday of each month, a new lecture by an AIP scientist is broadcast on the YouTube channel Urknall, Weltall und das Leben from 6 p.m.. The dates, speakers and topics as well as links to the previously published lectures can be found on this website (German):

and the flyer linked here. The dates are also entered in the AIP Calendar.

Please note: the talks will be given in German.

Observation evenings at the Great Refractor


Das Gebäude des Großen Refraktors auf dem Telegrafenberg

Credit: AIP/J. Fohlmeister

Normally, the Great Refractor on Telegrafenberg can be experienced in action during winter: Visitors get to look at the stars through the historical telescope during our observation evenings. The dates will be announced well in advance.

Currently there are no observation evenings planned.

Long Night of the Sciences and Potsdam Science Day

Frontal view. People sitting on a wall in the entrance area of the Einstein Tower on a sunny day or are going inside.

The Einstein Tower at the Long Night of Sciences

Credit: AIP

The AIP is regularly represented with a booth and lectures at the Potsdam Science Day and/or opens the Great Refractor and the Einstein Tower for the Berlin-Potsdam Long Night of the Sciences. Whether the AIP will also be present this year is going to be announced here or in the programme of the respective event.

Girls' Day / Zukunftstag Brandenburg

Students, who stand around a smaller reflecting telescope inside a wooden dome with an opened slit.

Girls' Day/Zukunftstag Brandenburg at the AIP.

Credit: AIP

Information on the Girls' Day and the Zukunftstag Brandenburg ia available at the page Information for schools.

Last update: 15. September 2021