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Public events at the Blaauw Observatory

Update: On the afternoon of Saturday July 20 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing in DOTliveplanetarium. In 2019 it will be 50 years since man set foot on the Moon. In this live planetarium show we look back at that special event, go on a virtual journey to the Moon and also look ahead to the future of space travel. See below for more information. You can join the Facebook event. Free tickets are available here.

(Note: access is free. Reservations are not required, but recommended if you want to be assured of a ticket.)

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.

Moon landing 50 years!


Live planetarium shows about the first Moon landings. Access is free. Reservations are not required, but recommended if you want to be assured of a ticket. Reserve a ticket via: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-maanlanding-50-jaar-64727184752

On July 20, it will be 50 years since the first human set his footsteps on the surface of the Moon. The Apollo 11 mission began on July 16, 1969 with the launch of the mighty Saturn V rocket. After a three-day trip, the crew, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, arrived at the Moon. With the Eagle lunar lander, Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the Moon, where Armstrong began his exploration on July 20 with the famous words "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". In the live planetarium shows we look back to this world-historical event, in which humanity for the first time visited another celestial body. In the planetarium we will make a virtual journey to the Moon and look ahead to the future of space travel.

The planetarium shows are at the following times:
13:00 kids 8-12 years
14:00 adults
15:00 kids 8-12 years
16:00 adults (English show)

The location is DOT, Vrydemalaan 2, Groningen. The entrance is free. Please be present 15 minutes before the start of the show. The show at 16:00 will be in *English*.

This event is organized by DOTliveplanetarium from the University of Groningen (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute and CIT) and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research in collaboration with DOT and the University Museum.

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 June 18, 2019 Fixed Live planetarium show (EN) Live planetarium show about “Moons Solar System" in the 20 meter dome of DOT Groningen. Language: English. Tickets €6,00. Location: DOT, Vrydemalaan 2. Time: 20:00 - 21:00. More info here.
Tuesday June 25, 2019 Fixed Live planetarium show (EN) Live planetarium show about "Pluto & Ultima Thule" in the 20 meter dome of DOT Groningen. Language: English. Tickets €6,00. Location: DOT, Vrydemalaan 2. Time: 20:00 - 21:00. More info here.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Fixed Moon landing 50 years! Special event for the first Moon landing 50 years ago with live planetarium shows in the 20 meter dome of DOT Groningen, in Dutch & English. Free entrance, reserving a ticket is recommended. Location: DOT, Vrydemalaan 2. Time: 13:00 - 17:00. Also join the Facebook event.

* 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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