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Public events at the Blaauw Observatory

UPDATE: Enrollments youth course astronomy (NL) in June and July is online. One can enroll here.

The Gratama Telescope in the dome of the Blaauw Observatory.
The Gratama Telescope in the dome of the Blaauw Observatory.

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.

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. 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 at the bottom of this page. You can also stay up-to-date via our digital newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.

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[at]astro[dot]rug[dot]nl . 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: www.gvws.info/cursus.html

Agenda scheduled events

Date

Fixed/

Flexible *

Event Program and sign up
Tuesday April 16, 2019 Fixed Live planetarium show (NL) Live planetarium show about "Verre Werelden" in the 20 meter dome of DOT Groningen. Language: Dutch. Tickets €6,00. Location: DOT, Vrydemalaan 2. Time: 20:00 - 21:00. More info here.
Thursday April 18, 2019 Fixed Live planetarium show (NL/EN)

For one hour, astronomers will take you on a journey to impressive places in the Universe, under the guidance of music by Martin ter Braake. No spoken languages, only music. Tickets €8,50. Location: DOT, Vrydemalaan 2. Time: 20:00 - 21:00. More info here.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 Fixed

Live planetarium show (EN)

Live planetarium show about "Exploring Exoplanets" in the 20 meter dome of DOT Groningen. Language: Dutch. Tickets €6,00. Location: DOT, Vrydemalaan 2. Time: 20:00 - 21:00. More info here.
Thursday June 13, 2019 Fixed Live planetarium show (NL/EN) For one hour, astronomers will take you on a journey to impressive places in the Universe, under the guidance of music by Martin ter Braake. No spoken languages, only music. Tickets €8,50. Location: DOT, Vrydemalaan 2. Time: 20:00 - 21:00. More info here.

* Flexible = depending on the weather.

The public evenings take place in the Bernoulliborg, unless specified otherwise. The starting time is, among other things, dependent on the time of sunset and is announced separately for each evening. More about accessibility is mentioned below.

Accessibility

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.
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