Education & Outreach
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 KitWe 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.
WorkshopsWe 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
- Exploring the Universe
The following English and German short films were produced by Dr. Maria Bergemann, the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, the SFB 881, the Haus der Astronomie, and the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.
- Why am I like a Star? (for kids 6-12) — Warum bin ich wie ein Stern? (für Kinder 6-12 J.)
- What are Stars Made of? (for kids 6-12) — Woraus ist ein Stern gemacht? (für Kinder 6-12 J.)
- Spectroscopy - Splitting the Starlight — Spektroskopie - Sternenlicht zerlegen
- Building a Star from Bits and Bytes — Sterne im Computer
- How to find an Exoplanet — Wie findet man Exoplaneten?
- Cooking up the Chemical Elements — Wie die chemischen Elemente entstanden sind
- Our Galaxy – Milky Way. A big UFO-like Object — Unsere Heimatgalaxie - die Milchstraße. Ein großes UFO-ähnliches Objekt.
- Gaia on Video
- Movie about the First Data Release
- On April 8-10, 2015, 22 members of the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium DPAC met in Heidelberg to discuss the current status of AGIS, the Astrometric Global Iterative Solution. AGIS is a mathematical procedure that will determine the positions, movements, and distances of about one billion stars from the individual measurements of the Gaia satellite.
Klaus Jäger and Stefan Jordan have produced a 15 minute DPAC outreach video that explains the Gaia mission and its goals. The movie contains interviews with leading Gaia scientists, who explain the challenges behind AGIS and describe how it will finally result in the most accurate star catalogue ever.
The movie is available in German and English.
Dr. Renate Hubele, Astronomisches
Rechen-Institut am Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität
Heidelberg & Haus der
hubele(at)hda-hd.de, Tel. (06221) 528-291
Prof. Dr. Stefan Jordan, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut am Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg
jordan(at)ari.uni-heidelberg.de, Tel. (06221) 54-1842
Dr. Markus Pössel, Haus der Astronomie
poessel(at)hda-hd.de, Tel. (06221) 528-261