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Public evening Blaauw Observatory

When:We 17-02-2016 18:00 - 23:00
Where:Blaauw Observatory, Nijenborgh 9 Groningen (Bernoulliborg, building V on the Zernike Campus)

On Wednesday, February 17, the Blaauw Observatory is open to the public, with stargazing and a special lecture by prof. dr. Eric Bergshoeff on gravitational waves. We are hoping for a beautiful starry sky!


There will be guided tours in the observatory including stargazing, weather permitting (tours available in Dutch and English). The telescopes in the observatory are also made available by the Groningen Association for Meteorology and Astronomy.

Dr. Frank Helmich will give a short update on the Astro-H launch that will take place this Wednesday morning, for which SRON has developed components. And prof. dr. Eric Bergshoeff will give a special lecture on the recent first-ever detection of gravitational waves by LIGO. This combined lecture takes place at 20:00 - 20:55 (in Dutch).

Visitors can also experiment in the science exhibition Science LinX and see short videos on gravitational waves and their detection by LIGO (in English).


The observatory will be open from 18:00 to 23:00. Admission is free for all activities. For more information (Dutch), see You can join the Facebook event here. Tickets can be reserved here.

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