Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Education & Outreach

Education & Outreach

Milky Way Kit  —   Workshops  —   Downloads  —   Short Films  —   Contact

Our main goals are to communicate the fascination and relevance of Galactic astronomy to the general public, and to support scientists in representing the SFB at meetings and in public. In particular, we aim at bringing SFB science to a younger audience and informing young people about the associated career opportunities.

Milky Way Kit
Magnetic Hertzsprung-Russell diagram

Educational Activities

Milky Way Kit

We developed the “Milky Way Kit”, a collection of hands-on activities aimed at middle school and high school students. The kit features e.g. a magnetic do-it-yourself Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (printed canvas for use on magnetic blackboards), different scale models, activities related to stellar populations, the distribution of open star clusters in the Milky Way, a do-it-yourself pop-up scale model of the Local Group and a galaxy classification game.


We offer workshops, which take place in the seminar rooms and main lecture hall of the Haus der Astronomie. They cover numerous SFB-related topics, notably the structure and length scales of the Milky Way, an introduction to how to characterize stars (stellar parameters), star formation and evolution, the role of infrared observations for Milky Way astronomy, mass estimates for the black hole at the Galactic center, as well as the search for embedded open star clusters in the disc of our home galaxy.

Materials for Download


Dr. Renate Hubele, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut am Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg & Haus der Astronomie
renate.hubele(at), Tel. (06221) 528-291


Public Outreach

Short Films


Prof. Dr. Stefan Jordan, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg
jordan(at), Tel. (06221) 54-1842


Dr. Markus Pössel, Haus der Astronomie
poessel(at), Tel. (06221) 528-261 

Editor: T. Lisker
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