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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

When the Lyrid meteors appear during the night of 21/22 April, amateur astronomers can profit from a dark sky this year. Only two days later we have new Moon, so the Moon will not light up the night sky and even fainter shooting stars will be visible. more

*** Please note that the Astronomy Day 2020 events at HdA have been canceled due to the corona situation. The new date for this event will probably be 24 October 2020. Tickets already purchased remain valid but can also be returned ***

On 28 March 2020, astronomical institutions throughout Germany and Switzerland invite you to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of astronomy - HdA offers night sky observations and three shows in the planetarium, the first one especially for children and their parents. While the first and the last show will be in German, the second one will be in English. more

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) invites you to join people all over the world in the week from 13 to 20 February 2020 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the famous Pale Blue Dot image of the Earth from a distance of 6 billion kilometers, and to think of Earth as our place in space more

The Geminids, which can be observed in mid-December, are the most "reliable" of the large meteor showers with up to 120 shooting stars per hour. Unfortunately, this year the Moon interferes during the best observation time. more

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