Guided Tours

The Institut für Astrophysik offers public guided tours with the opportunity to observe through the 50 cm reflecting telescope at fixed dates. During the tours the equipment of the institute for research and education will be presented. If the sky is clear fascinating celestrial objects (e.g. moon, planets, gas nebula, star clusters, galaxies) will be shown through the telescope. In addition, a half hour presentation of a topic on current astronomical research will be given.

Dates of public guided tours:


  • Tuesday, 03 December 2019, 18:00 hours
    Observing targets: Moon, Uranus, globular cluster, galaxies
    Topic of the presentation: Die Vermessung des Himmels - Vom größten Wissenschaftsabenteuer des 18. Jahrhunderts (Larissa Hahn)
  • Friday, 31 January 2020, 18:00 hours
    Observing targets: Moon, Mercury, Venus
    Topic of the presentation:
  • Thursday, 27 February 2020, 19:00 hours
    Observing targets: Moon, Venus, Orion nebula
    Topic of the presentation:
  • Saturday, 28 March 2020, 20:00 hours (Astronomy Day)
    Observing targets: Moon, Venus, Orion nebula
    Topic of the presentation:
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 11:00 hours
    Observing targets: Moon, Venus, globular cluster
    Topic of the presentation:



Guided tours will take place at any weather conditions. However, no observations through the telescope will be possible when the sky is covered. No reservations are required. Admittance is free - volontary donotations for our public outreach activities are welcome.

Meeting point for guided tours:
Fakultät für Physik, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1 (formerly Tammannstr. 1), entrance Northeast.
Due to organizational reasons entrance is possible only punctually at the beginning of the tour.

For school classes we offer special tours of the institute on prior arrangement. For further information contact phone 0551 394037 or 0551 395052.