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Public events at the Blaauw Observatory

Update: due to the corona virus, there will be no public outreach activities on location until 31 August 2021.

The Gratama Telescope

The Gratama Telescope is a beautiful instrument that could be used to look trough by eye. This is also a possibility for visitors! Have you never seen the craters on the Moon, the rings of planet Saturn or objects far in the universe? Then you should definitely visit us during our public evenings! The public evenings in the Blaauw Observatory are organized by the Kapteyn Institute (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen) and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

National Stargazing Days

Every spring we participate in the National Stargazing Days and every year in October the Nacht van de Nacht. From October to March, stargazing evenings are regularly organized, depending on the weather (these are cancelled until at least 20 April 2021, because of the corona measures). During these public evenings, guided tours are given at the observatory itself. Besides that, anyone can watch stars with clear weather with the Gratama Telescope and some telescopes on the roof of the observatory. Furthermore, there are astronomical activities for young and old such as crafts, quizzes and lectures, and also regularly available, the Kapteyn Mobile Planetarium. The public evenings are always accessible free of charge.

For the upcoming activities, see the agenda. You can also stay up-to-date via our digital newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.
The Gratama Telescope in the dome of the Blaauw Observatory.
The Gratama Telescope in the dome of the Blaauw Observatory.

Digital newsletter

If you want to be kept informed about the public evenings and other activities of the observatory, please leave your name and e-mail address here. We will send an e-mail stating the coming activities with some regularity. In addition, various other astronomical events in Groningen are mentioned. When a flexible stargazing evening is taking place (depending on the weather), we will let you know through this newsletter. This e-mail address will only be used for these newsletters. If you would like to unsubscribe for the newsletter, click here.

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Large groups

In order to make an appointment, large groups, such as primary and secondary schools, are requested to contact us by email: sterrenwacht . Having good weather would make it possible to set up a solar telescope, while having a guided tour during the day.

Astronomy course

The Kapteyn Institute regularly provides youth courses in astronomy for children up to 12 years. These courses consist of 5 course evenings. See this link for more information.

The Groninger Vereniging voor Weer- en Sterrenkunde (GVWS) also organizes periodic astronomy courses for adults in Winsum. For more information see their website:


The Blaauw Observatory is located in the Bernoulliborg (Nijenborgh 9) on the Zernike Campus in the north of the city of Groningen. On the Zernike Campus the Bernoulliborg is indicated at the signs. More information about the accessibility can be found here.

Last modified:05 July 2021 11.03 a.m.
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