Astro-lab Summer term 2022

Material for the astrolab from September 26 - October 8 2022 (scripts, electronic material, assignment of tasks) etc. and nice pics taken with the 70cm telescope. .

The list of participants.

Notes on the astrolab to be held from September 26 - October 8 2022:

  • Note that we will work from Tuesdays to Saturdays during the second week from October 4-8 as October 3 is German Unity day.
  • Depending the panademic COVID-19 situation the astrolab will be held fully in presence, in a Hybrid mode with a number of tasks in presence and a number of tasks online, or completely online. This decision will be made by end of August 2022. At the moment we expect it to be fully in presence.
  • The E-mail with the confirmation of participation will be mailed out by the end of August 2022. It will contain further details about the outline. If necessary, an online presentation on the outline of the astrolab will be announced as well.
  • At the moment we plan to offer observations with the 70cm telescope. The format will depend on the pandemic situation. Observations will be voluntarily, ie not required for the participation. Information on this will be circulated with the confirmation E-mail end of August.

If you have any question, please send me an E-mail at jheidt at


Astro-lab PhD students: September 26 - October 8 2022

Dates: Monday, September 26 through Friday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 4 through Saturday, October 8 2022.
Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily

Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3 (requirement WPAstro1):

Alternatively, Monday, September 26 - Friday, September 30 or Tuesday, October 4 - Saturday, October 8 2022.

Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily.

Astro-lab Master students MVSpec (requirement MVASTRO or MKEP5) or MVASTRO1:

Alternatively, Monday, September 26 - Friday, September 30 or Tuesday, October 4 - Saturday, October 8 2022.

Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily.

  • Location: TBD, most likely Landessternwarte Heidelberg. Alternatively im Neuenheimer Feld or at Philosophenweg.
  • Organized by: Prof. Dr. J. Heidt and Prof. Dr. A. Quirrenbach

    Registration required!

    • Ms Wright, LSW Heidelberg, Tel: 06221 - 541781 or online (preferred). If the former, please provide address, phone number and course (PhD, Bachelor or Master). In case of Bachelor or Master, pls. provide also the week preferred and matrikel number. If you are from a different faculty, please provide this information in the "additional remarks" section.

  • Further information:

    • Procedure: There is no special preparation for the astro-lab required. Altogether 11 tasks will be offered. An introduction to the tasks can be found in this document. During the one-week astro-lab about 2-4, during the 2-week astro-lab about 6-8 tasks shall be worked on in groups of two (scripts will be given on site or be made downloadable from the WEB). Individual tasks will be assigned by the organizers. Once a task is completed by an individual group, it will be discussed with one of the responsible assistants. There is no need for a written summary or any homework.

    • Literature: It would be useful to bring your own textbooks, e.g.
      • Schneider: Extragalactic astronomy and cosmology
      • Shu: The Physical Universe, University Science Books

    • Very useful: Bring your own notebook for working on the tasks and/or searches in the internet (WLAN/DHCP available). For the data reduction as part of Task 1 dedicated notebooks are available. Knowledge of SW-tools like Origin, Excel or Gnuplot to e.g. fit functions to data would be an asset.

    • Due to space constraints the number of participants is limited to 40 students per week.

    The next astrolab will be held from February 27 - March 10 2023.

    Maintained by Jochen Heidt
    Last modified: 11. 4. 2022