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

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

Along with the summer Perseids, the Geminids are one of the great meteor showers that offer a shooting star experience also to less experienced observers. Their maximum of up to 150 shooting stars per hour in mid-December coincides with the waxing moon which does not set until well after midnight this year, so the morning hours are particularly suitable for observing. more

What does it mean when we say someone has a solid basic knowledge of astronomy? This is the question that inspired the project Big Ideas in Astronomy: A Proposed Definition of Astronomy Literacy, which resulted in a booklet of eleven “Big Ideas”, published in May 2019. more

Roelin Prize for Olaf Fischer

September 17, 2021

Olaf Fischer of Haus der Astronomie is the 2021 recipient of the Hanno and Ruth Roelin Prize for Science Outreach. The prize, which is awarded every two years by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg (MPIA), honors scientists, science journalists, and academic teachers who have been particularly successful in communicating new findings in astronomy and space research to a broader public. Awards may also be given for achievements in astronomy education. more

The OAE's global network expands to include a new OAE Center in Cyprus and an OAE Node in Nepal more

The Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) Astrophotography Contest announced earlier this year has come to an end, after receiving nearly 700 images from 57 countries. more

It's time for the Perseids again! The conditions for meteor sightings at the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on 12 August 2021 are good: The waxing crescent Moon sets early and hardly interferes more

The House of Astronomy invites you to take a virtual tour - the grounds, the striking spiral-shaped building and its exhibition are now accessible from your home computer as part of an app. more

The IAU is delighted to announce the founding of a new Center in Italy which will support the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE). more

One of the main goals of the Office of Astronomy for Education of the International Astronomical Union is to provide basic astronomy education ressources that are free to use for everyone. Thus an astrophotography contest with cash prizes in image categories where currently not many high-quality images are available under Creative Commons licenses has been established. Submission deadline is 15 April 2021. more

Jupiter and Saturn are the two biggest planets in the solar system. In space, they are separated by 660 million kilometers on average. Looking from Earth though, the two gas giants can come very close when the faster Jupiter overtakes the more distant Saturn on its orbit. This happens about every 20 years. This year's overtaking maneuver is special: For the naked eye, the two planets will likely merge into a single bright object. more

The HdA advent calendar 2020

December 01, 2020

Small bites of astronomy each day - you can also follow them via the hashtag #HdAstroAdvent on our social media! more

As a center for astronomy education and outreach work, it is our aim to create a general awareness of the light pollution problem and the fact that there is more behind it than just preserving the sight of the night sky. Unnecessary lighting is a waste of energy, harms wildlife and probably also affects the human metabolism. This is why the House of Astronomy supports Earth Night, which will take place on 17 September 2020 with lights to be switched off at 10pm. more

NEW: Twenty Worlds

September 17, 2020

the extraordinary story of planets around other stars more

We at the House of Astronomy are constantly developing new astronomical materials for use in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. Now we can extend our palette with a new book for children aged 6 to 12 years. more

This year, the Perseids meteor shower will reach its peak on the morning of August 12th. On the nights of 11th to 12th and 12th to 13th August the Moon rises after midnight, so the late evening hours are not brightened by moonlight - ideal for looking out for the Perseids. To do so, look eastward, where the constellation Perseus rises, after which these shooting stars were named. more

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) enchants amateur astronomers from all over the world: It has been a long time that a comet visible to the naked eye made its appearance in the evening sky. more

Black Lives Matter

June 09, 2020

Haus der Astronomie's statement against racism and directive on diversity and inclusion more

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