Astro-lab Summer term 2018




Change of location: the astrolab from October 1 - 12 2018 will be held this time in the
Seminar room 2 at the "Haus der Astronomie" at the ground of the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy on the Königstuhl !!!!!

Important note1: As part of the astro-lab observations will be carried out with the 70cm telescope of the Landessternwarte Heidelberg. Since weather is normally pretty good in October, they will be offered throughout the course.

Important note2: The second week from Oct 8 - 12 is fully booked, ie PhD-students who need to take the 2-week astrolab as well as Bachelor/Master students who would like to take part during the second week will be put on a waiting list and can only take part if somebody withdraws.

The preliminary list of participants can be found here.


Astro-lab PhD students: October 1 - 12 2018

Dates: Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5 and October 8 through Friday, October 12 2018.
Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily


Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3:

Alternatively Monday, October 1 - Friday, October 5 or Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12 2018.
Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily.



Astro-lab Master students MVAstro1:

Alternatively Monday, October 1 - Friday, October 5 or Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12 2018.
Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily.


Note that October 3 is German Unity Day. We will decide on October 1 whether we will work on Wednesday, October 3 or on Saturday, October 6 instead.

  • Location: Haus der Astronomie
  • 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.

  • Further information:

    • Procedure: There is no special preparation for the astro-lab required. Altogether 10 tasks will be offered. An introduction to the tasks can be found here. 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). 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 30 students per week.

    The next astro-lab will take from February 18 - March 1 2019.


    Maintained by Jochen Heidt
    Last modified: 27. 6. 2018