Videos illustrating the technology of telescopes and scientific instrumentation

On this page you will find videos that focus on the technology of telescopes and measuring instruments such as cameras and spectrographs. Among them are lectures, interviews and technical presentations.

Large telescopes up to the James Webb Sapce Telescope

In his lecture, Thomas Henning presents the development of large telescopes. He also discusses the ELT (Extremely Large Telescope) and the James Webb Space Telescope. more

The first images from the JWST

The first images from the JWST

Video July 12, 2022

The entire astronomically interested world is waiting impatiently for the first images and scientific data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian… more

Observing and discovering asteroids

There are over a million known asteroids in our solar system. Because they are much smaller than the planets in our solar system, they cannot be distinguished from stars at first glance. On the occasion of Asteroid Day on 30 June, we look at how you… more

The eyes of astronomy

The eyes of astronomy

Video June 02, 2022

For a better understanding of the Universe, astronomers are using ever larger telescopes and ever more powerful instruments, whose development and production is usually at the edge of what is technically feasible. The Max Planck Institute for… more

MIRI filter wheel of the James Webb Space Telescope

This video shows a functional test of the MIRI filter wheel (qualification model) as mounted in the MIRI instrument on board the James Webb Space Telescope. more

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