Astro-lab October 2017




Important note: 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 astro-lab is fully booked at present. Due to a limited seat capacity and in order to allow all participants to carry out observations with the 70cm telescope, the number of participants is limited to 30 students per week. Thus, interested students will be put on the waiting list and can only take part if somebody withdraws. However, in case an applicant can still be not accepted his participation during one of the following astro-labs (at his own choice) is guaranteed.

The preliminary list of participants can be found here.


Astro-lab staatsexamen, diploma and PhD students: October 2 - 13 2017

Dates: Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 6 and October 9 through Friday, October 13 2017.
Full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily


Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3:

Alternatively Monday, October 2 - Friday, October 6 or Monday, October 9 - Friday, October 13 2017.
Full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily.



Astro-lab Master students MVAstro1:

Alternatively Monday, October 2 - Friday, October 6 or Monday, October 9 - Friday, October 13 2017.
Full day, starts at 9:15 AM daily.


Note that October 3 is German Unity Day. We will decide on October 2 whether we will work on Tuesday, October 3 or on Saturday, October 7 instead.

  • Location: Landesternwarte Heidelberg
  • 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 (staatsexamen, diploma, 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 4-5, during the 2-week astro-lab about 9-10 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.

The next astro-lab will take from February 19 - March 2 2018.


Maintained by Jochen Heidt
Last modified: 25. 3. 2017