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A little closer to the stars - formation, life & music of the stars, millions of black holes + much more live!

18:00 - 23:00 o'clock
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena and Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg
Helmholtzweg 5, Hörsaal 2 und Foyer
Helmholtzweg 5

Let yourself be surprised by the secrets of the sky! In our lectures we will inform you about current observations at the Thuringian State Observatory Tautenburg, and you can also see the "radio sky" live, as seen by our radio telescope.

The Thuringian State Observatory Tautenburg (TLS) is a non-university research institution of the Free State of Thuringia. It conducts basic research in astrophysics. The astronomers search for and characterize extrasolar planets, observe and analyse solar and stellar oscillations, research gamma-ray bursts, investigate the processes involved in star formation, study the structure and development of the Milky Way and distant galaxies and track down asteroids.

The researchers at the TLS use various telescopes for their observations: the centerpiece is the 2-meter Alfred Jensch telescope for observations in the optical spectral range. A station of the European radio telescope Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) is also located on the grounds of the Thuringian State Observatory north of Jena. The astronomers at the TLS also observe at large international telescopes around the world.

The Alfred Jensch optical telescope is the largest Schmidt camera in the world. Due to its design, the Schmidt mirror has a very large field of view, allowing the 2-meter telescope at the Thuringian State Observatory to observe and photograph large celestial objects such as galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and the orbits of asteroids. As a universal telescope, it can be converted into a Coudé telescope.

LOFAR is the world's largest radio telescope for the reception of radio shortwaves and ultrashort waves. The receiver stations are spread across several countries in Europe: 38 stations are located at the headquarters in the Netherlands, six in Germany (one of them in Tautenburg) and others in France, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Since January 2024, LOFAR has been operated by a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). The Thuringian State Observatory represents the German participants in the LOFAR ERIC.

A solar laboratory is being built at the Thuringian State Observatory to develop instruments for continuous, automatic monitoring of the sun. Solar activity can affect technological systems. This is why its investigation is becoming increasingly urgent. Research into the interior of the sun and stars and their magnetic activity is being expanded as a field of research at the Thuringian State Observatory.

The lectures will inform you about the current status of the research work. In the foyer of the building you have the opportunity to observe the sky live with the help of our radio telescope.

Die Thüringer Landessternwarte bei Nacht
Die Thüringer Landessternwarte bei Nacht
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