Astronomical Open Day on the Königstuhl

Astronomical Open Day on the Königstuhl

On Sunday, June 21, 2015, 10 am to 5 pm the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and Haus der Astronomie on Königstuhl will open their doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge astronomical research.

Additional participants are the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, the Forscherstation (Klaus-Tschira-Kompetenzzentrum für frühe naturwissenschaftliche Bildung) and additional partners.


There will be hands-on activities as well as public talks (including a talk series in English!) on the latest astronomical results - from the origin of our galaxy, other galaxies, and our Solar System, to planets around stars other than the Sun.

In laboratories and in design and construction workshops, you'll be able to see how astronomical instruments are created, and learn about the particular challenges of working on the largest telescopes on Earth, or on space telescopes. 

As a rule, our employees all speak English. For the younger visitors, there will be a children's program at Haus der Astronomie (no workshops in English, though). Food vendors will be on site, as well.

How to get here

The #39 bus will depart from Bismarckplatz to Königstuhl every 15 minutes, starting at 10:45 am. If you plan to come by car, please note that, starting around 8 am on June 21, the upper reaches of the Königstuhl will be transformed into a circuit of one-way streets. You can find the details in the adjoining image. General directions to MPIA on Königstuhl can be found here.

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