Open Day 2015

Several thousand visitors came again to the Open Day on 21st June 2015 to find out about the current activities at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the House of Astronomy. The videos and pictures give an impression of the different stations around research, technology, outreach and education.
June 21, 2015

MPIA Campus

The outdoor area of the MPIA campus presented the dimensions of telescopes in full scale.
June 21, 2015

Space Telescopes

Scientists and engineers informed the guests about the current developments and projects at the MPIA in connection with space telescopes such as the JWST.
June 21, 2015

Telescopes up close

Scientists explained the construction and functioning of professional telescopes on the MPIA premises to the guests.
June 21, 2015


In the precision engineering department, the visitors received information on how astronomical instrumentation is manufactured there with the most modern tools. They also learned that apprentices are trained there.
June 21, 2015

Observation technique

Astronomers and technicians explained some principles of observing with telescopes. In this example, we see a demonstration experiment to illustrate the interference of waves.
June 21, 2015


At this station, the guests learned hands-on that light can be split into its colour components by various processes. This phenomenon is the basis for the function of spectrographs.
June 21, 2015


Visitors were able to find out about research at the MPIA in various short presentations. MPIA scientists explained their research projects and were available for questions and discussions.
June 21, 2015

Haus der Astronomie

The Haus der Astronomie informed the guests about the activities in astronomical education and public relations. The visitors were given an insight into the methodologies and educational materials. A children's programme offered children an insight into the fantastic aspects of the universe.
June 21, 2015


In the auditorium of the Haus der Astronomie, special lectures conveyed the didactic work. The planetarium also invited visitors to take virtual journeys through the universe.
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