The Institute for Astrophysics in Göttingen is the only university institut in the state of Lower Saxony where teaching and research in astronomy and astrophysics is performed. It is is a modern institute within the department of physics at the Georg-August University. Since June 2005 the institute is located in the modern new building of the department.
The scientific research areas cover the fields solar physics, stellar astrophysics, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, and cosmology. Highly qualified mechanical and electronics workshops are capable of building telescopes and scientific instruments, like e.g. spectrographs.
Scientific observations are no longer performed from Göttingen but from external stations and international observatories located e.g. in Spain, Texas, Chile, and Southafrica. In addition, space-based telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope, the X-ray telescopes Chandra and XMM-Newton, and the SOHO and STEREO space observatories are used. Data collected at these observatories are analyzed at the institute in Göttingen using powerful computers and are interpreted by theoretical models and complex numerical simulations.


Institut für Astrophysik
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1
37077 Göttingen

Acting Director

Prof. Dr. A. Reiners, Tel. +49 (0)551 39-13825


Nicole Böker, Phone +49 (0)551 39-5053
    Mon - Wed full-time
Daniela Krone, Phone +49 (0)551 39-13885
    Mon - Fri till 1 p.m.
Klaudia Wolters, Phone +49 (0)551 39-5042
    Mon - Fri till 2 p.m.