Astro-lab Summer term 2020

In spite of the uncomfortable situation at present, we plan for a regular face-to-face astrolab including observations with the 70cm telescope. Its is still more than 5 months from now (on April 15 where this post was written) until the astrolab shall start. It is very hard / almost impossible to carry out the astrolab in a different format. Thus, if we can not held it as planned, we may move it completely to February next year and go for a 4 weeks astrolab which will include the one planned for the Winter term. We will make sure in that case, that everybody got his participation accepted by the faculty and does not suffer from a too long break between the lecture and the astrolab. In case there _will_ be any change for the astrolab, we will notify the registered participants immediately, and post this informtion here also!

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

Important note: Due to the huge demand for the astrolab in September / October 2020, the seat capacity has been enlarged to 40 this time. In addition, one more task will be offered. 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. More information will be circulated when the letters of confirmation will be e-mailed out early September 2020.

Unfortunately, we are fully booked at present. Further applicants can be moved on a waiting list only. Alternatively, you can be put on the preregistration list for the astrolab from March 8 - 19 2021. You will then be informed, when registration for March 2021 is possible, well in advance before it is made public. This ensures that you can take part during the week of your choice.

The list of participants can be found here.

Astro-lab PhD students: September 28 - October 9 2020

Dates: Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 2 and Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9 2020.
Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily

Astro-lab Bachelor students WPAstro3:

Alternatively Monday, September 28 - Friday, October 2 or Monday, October 5 - Friday, October 9 2020.

Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily.

Astro-lab Master students MVAstro1 or MVSpec:

Alternatively Monday, September 28 - Friday, October 2 or Monday, October 5 - Friday, October 9 2020.

Full day, starts at 8:45 AM daily.

  • 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 (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 11 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 40 students per week.

    The next astrolab will be held from March 8 - 19 2021.

    Maintained by Jochen Heidt
    Last modified: 29. 5. 2020