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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

The IAU has selected Haus der Astronomie (HdA) as the location for its new Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE). First announced last year, the OAE will be established to promote astronomy in education and to achieve the education-related goals set out in the IAU Strategic Plan 2020–2030. The astronomy outreach centre will capitalise on its existing resources and experience to launch the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education, co-funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Carl Zeiss Foundation. more

From 14 to 16 November 2019, our 7th nationwide WE-Heraeus teacher training course on astronomy took place at the HdA - three days filled with scientific lectures, workshops on teaching practice and many opportunities for exchange. more

Thanks to the generous support of the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Stiftung, a group of teachers was able to carry out a week of astronomical measurements, visual observations and astrophotography on the island of La Palma. Upon returning to school, they are now enthusiastic about doing practical astronomy in class. more

A transit of Mercury will take place on 11 November 2019, with the small rocky planet Mercury wandering as a small dot across the solar disk. Weather permitting, the first half of the event can be observed from Germany from early afternoon until sunset. more

The International Astronomical Union has launched the Astronomy Day in Schools initiative and asks amateur and professional astronomers to participate with astronomy events events dedicated to children at schools in the week of 10-17 November 2019 more

In mid-September, DLR_Raumfahrt_Show, the space show of Germany's National Space Agency DLR, will come to Heidelberg – courtesy of Haus der Astronomie, the Klaus Tschira Foundation and Heidelberg University. Almost 2500 pupils in grades 3 to 6 will be able to see the show in the university's Neue Aula lecture hall. more

Like last year, there will be a lunar eclipse in 2019 late in the evening hours of a warm summer night: This time it's the night from the 16th to the 17th of July. The eclipse is only partial - the moon does not enter Earth's shadow completely - but it is the only well-observable lunar eclipse in the German-speaking world for the next few years. more

The exhibition developed by Haus der Astronomie (HdA) can be seen on the "Floral isle" of Mainau in Lake Constance from May 10 to September 22, 2019 more

Catharina Hock, a student at Lessing High School in Mannheim, has won the state-wide Baden-Wurttemberg science competition "Schüler Experimentieren" in the physics categorie. Her project was co-advised by HdA's Markus Pössel. more

What does it mean to be literate in astronomy? more

14 - 16 November 2019: Nation-wide Teacher Training on Astronomy more

On Wednesday, 24 April at 7 p.m., physicist and author Michael Büker will read from his new book, which was published in March by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag. more

Using the Faulkes Telescope Project, female school students were able to make their own astronomical observations using the telescope network of the Las Cumbres Observatory as part of the nationwide Girls'Day. more

5 April 2019, 7 p.m., at the Haus der Astronomie: film screening supported by a short talk given by Melanie Kaasinen (MPIA) more

Under the motto "Lights off, stars on!", astronomical institutions all over Germany will draw attention to the topic of light pollution on 30 March 2019 - HdA will participate with a lecture evening with planetarium demonstrations and observations of the night sky. more

Pupils connected with Haus der Astronomie have successfully participated in Germany's regional science fair at the senior level ("Jugend forscht") and at the junior level ("Schüler experimentieren"). more

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