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Illustration of the orbit of the planets of our solar system from Mercury to Jupiter together with the orbit of comet P/2023 C1 (Jahn)

German amateur astronomer Jost Jahn has made a rare discovery with the remote-controlled ROTAT telescope of the Foundation Interactive Astronomy and Astrophysics, that is maintained by the Haus der Astronomie: Comet P/2023 C1 (Jahn), now named after its discoverer, orbits the Sun in an inclined orbit between the two planets Mars and Jupiter. This is the first comet discovery by a German since 2002 more

Star chart with viewing direction to the north. The positions of comet ZTF in the constellations Corona Borealis, Draco, Ursa Minor, Camelopardalis, Auriga and Taurus at individual dates are marked in yellow

The new year starts with an interesting celestial encounter: Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will reach its maximum brightness at about 5.5 mag in early February and will be easily observable with binoculars. It will first be an object of the morning sky, then will be high in the sky near Polaris throughout the night and will say goodbye in the evening sky early in March. more

The great journey through the universe

Event on 3 February 2023, 5 p.m. in the Haus der Astronomie more

The Milky Way appears as two vertical diffuse bands of light either side of a dark dust lane, over a rocky outcrop

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) hosted at Haus der Astronomie is today announcing the winners of its 2022 Astrophotography Contest. After being launched in April, the contest received nearly 230 entries from 31 countries around the world. The winning photos and videos will expand the OAE’s collection of high-quality educational resources available to astronomy educators globally. more

Star chart for midnight in the middle of December with view direction south. In the constellation of Gemini the radiant of the Geminid meteor shower is marked with a cross

They were named after the constellation Gemini: The Geminids usually provide a beautiful meteor show in mid-December. With up to 150 meteors per hour, the Geminids are considered the richest stream of the year. The peak of the activity is reached on 14 December  at 14 CET., so the nights of 13-14 December and 14-15 December are best for shooting star hunting. more

Public event: the technology of telescopes and their instrumentation

On 14/12/2022: HdA reaches out to pupils in particular. more

Star chart for the morning hours in the middle of November with view direction south. In the constellation of Leo the radiant of the Leonid meteor shower is marked with a cross

Every year in mid-November the Earth crosses the path of comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle on its orbit around the Sun. Particles of the comet collide with the Earth's atmosphere and produce shooting stars. The number of meteors is quite low with 10 to 15 per hour, but among them are often very bright shooting stars. In 2022 there could also be a second meteor shower. more

Satellite image of central Europe with depictions of the partial solar eclipse on 25 October 2022 for different locations

On October 25 at noon, the Moon passes in front of the Sun - a partial solar eclipse takes place. The event lasts about two hours and can be seen from almost all of central Europe under clear skies. Observatories at many locations will invite you to observe this celestial event. In addition, you can follow the eclipse via livestream on the Internet. more

Oil painting of a man with curly grey hair and a long nose. He is wearing a white neckerchief and a brown coat.

On 7th October 2022, 7:00 pm in the Haus der Astronomie: lecture with musical recordings more

HdA is reorganising, as Carolin Liefke joins HdA managing scientist Markus Pössel in setting the future course of Haus der Astronomie and in managing day-to-day affairs. more

The James Webb space telescope is in front of a black background. On the left of the image, the cosmic network of dark matter is indicated. On the right is an artistic representation of a planet passing in front of a star and the image of a galaxy.

Public event on 12 July 2022, at 8:00 p.m. in the HdA auditorium (Fully booked! Live stream available.) more

Star chart centered around the constellation Bootes. The radiant of the Tau Herculids is marked by shooting stars emerging from it

On 30 and 31 May 2022 the Earth passes a stripe of comet material more

Sequence of the total lunar eclipse on 16. May 2022 on the basis of six representations of the Moon at different times relative to the umbra of the Earth

In the early morning hours of May 16, 2022, a cosmic spectacle will be visible: the full Moon will be completely immersed in the shadow of the Earth and a total lunar eclipse will take place. Unfortunately, in Germany the Moon is just setting and the sky is already quite bright at the beginning of the total eclipse. Observers will therefore only be able to watch a partial eclipse low above the southwest horizon. more

OAE launches new Teaching Teachers Pilot Project

The Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Teaching Teachers Pilot Project, which enables our National Astronomy Education Coordinators (NAECs), together with a local teacher and astronomer, to apply for a grant to support a pilot astronomy teacher training and development workshop. more

Light pollution results from the excess of artificial light produced by human endeavours mainly as a side effect of industrialisation.

The Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) is pleased to announce the second round of its astrophotography contest, in a joint endeavour with OAE Center Italy as co-sponsor. Following the success of the first contest, held last year, the OAE aims to increase its foundational collection of high-quality educational resources available to astronomy educators around the world. more

astroEDU is an open-access platform for peer-reviewed astronomy education activities.

Are you interested in a hands-on exploration of black holes for your middle school students? Or looking for a way of demonstrating the size of the Sun relative to that of the Earth, suitable for elementary students? In those and many other cases, astroEDU, the IAU’s educational activity portal, has you covered: with quality-controlled, engaging, structured activities suitable for pupils of different ages, available online for free in an easily accessible format. more

Painting of William Herschel

Cooperation between the Haus der Astronomie and Heidelberger Frühling more

Office of Astronomy for Education Adds Four New Branches to its Global Network

The International Astronomical Union is pleased to announce the founding of four new "branch offices" of the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE). more

IAU Office of Astronomy for Education Publishes Proceedings of 3rd Shaw–IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education

What should everyone who is active in astronomy education know, in order to be successful in the field? more

Comet Leonard: A celestial extravaganza for binoculars

Stargazers have been looking forward to this all year: In the next few days, comet C/2021 A1 Leonard will be visible in the morning sky. To observe it, look at the right position above the eastern horizon, if possible with binoculars or a small telescope. The best time to see the comet is between 6 and 7 am. more

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