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Public evening Blaauw Observatory

When:We 20-01-2016 18:00 - 23:00
Where:Blaauw Observatory, Nijenborgh 9 Groningen (Bernoulliborg, building V on the Zernike Campus)

On Wednesday, January 20, the Blaauw Observatory is open to the public. We are hoping for stars in the 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. Hans Buist (Kapteyn Institute) will give a lecture at 20:00 on 'How the Milky Way turns dwarf galaxies into streams' (lecture in Dutch):

"The Sun is one of many billions of stars in the Milky Way. But when a dwarf galaxy comes in too close it slowly starts losing its stars due to the tidal forces of the Milky Way. This results in beautiful trails of stars around the Milky Way, the so-called stellar streams. Stellar streams have also been found around other galaxies. In this lecture we will explore how streams help us to better understand the Milky Way."

Visitors can also experiment in the science exhibition Science LinX and see short movies on space missions by SRON.


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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