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Youth course (NL)

Jeffrey talks about the Moon during the youth course.
Jeffrey talks about the Moon during the youth course.

What exactly are those stars in the evening sky and how far away are they?
Why is the Moon sometimes full and sometimes half full?
What are black holes?
Which planets are there besides Earth?

Do you like these questions and do you want to know the answer? Then you should definitely participate in the astronomy youth course. Here you can learn everything about the universe.

For whom?

Young people aged 8 to 12 years (Elementary school groups 5 to 8).


The astronomy courses in 2019 will take place on Fridays in the summer (14, 21, 28 June, 5 and 12 July 2019) from 18:30 till 20:00. If the weather is nice, we will pay a visit to the Blaauw Observatory during the evening.


Bernoulliborg, Nijenborgh 9, on the Zernike Campus in the city of Groningen. You can find directions here.

What are the costs?

The costs of the youth course are €50,-. This includes your participation in the course, receiving a course booklet and becoming a member of the Jongerenwerkgroep voor Sterrenkunde (JWG). This is the national astronomy association for young people, aged 8 to 21 years. The JWG issues the magazine 'Universum' four times a year, organizes camps and has got regional departments, including one in Groningen!

Sign up for the course?

Enrollments for the astronomy courses can be done online. The maximum number of children that can join the courses are 30. When the course is full, the links are automatically disabled.

The sign up form for June/July:

Click here

The Moon: there is so much to tell about the Moon!
The Moon: there is so much to tell about the Moon!

And further...

This interactive course is organized by students and staff of the Kapteyn Institute, the astronomy department of the University of Groningen. Every course day we will work on a different subject: the Earth and the Moon, the Solar System, planets around other stars, stars and galaxies, the universe, and all what can be seen in the starry sky. Of course, the best part would be if you could really experience these topics yourself. Therefore, we will visit the Blaauw Observatory to look at stars (during a clear night) and travel through the universe in the Kapteyn mobile planetarium.

Sign Up

If you are interested you can register here for the ‘interest list’. As soon as the registration for the next yough course opens, you will be notified.


The person to contact for the course is Marlies van de Weijgaert. If you have any questions, you can send an e-mail to

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