Over 280 interested people visited the Blaauw Observatory in Groningen during the 39th National Stargazing Days on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2015. The theme of the public evenings was Spaceflight.
It was quite cloudy, but the Moon and Jupiter luckily occasionally emerged from behind the clouds. This evoked enthusiastic responses from the visitors.
There were informative lectures about spaceflight and a special children’s lecture. In the Kapteyn mobile planetarium the full dome film Touching the edge of the universe told the story of space travel, from Galileo's time to today's most advanced space missions such as the Planck and Herschel space observatories.
In the exhibition Space Research in Groningen SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research showed a selection of their high-tech space instruments. Included was the original test model of the instrument HIFI, 'the molecule hunter', developed by SRON. V isitors were surprised that a satellite must be cooled because the space around the Earth is not completely cold. There was also much interest in the 3D model of the Herschel Space Observatory that Science LinX printed live during the evening. The 3D printing process took more than a day to complete .
Children competed for a VIP observatory tour in the Star Quiz and launched their own mini rockets at the children's corner. Winners of the quiz were the 11-year-old Matthijs Franswa from Eenrum and 11-year-old Rebecca Bult from Usquert . At the interactive Infoversum demo visitors learned to travel through space using the open source software WorldWide Telescope. Composer and musician NIMANTY took visitors on a relaxing musical journey through space and time in a Space Music Concert.
More information about events of the Blaauw Observatory :
Text: Blaauw Sterrenwacht
Vera Heininga is the Open Science coordinator and future programme leader of the upcoming Open Science programme of the University of Groningen. Together with her colleagues, she created the Open Science Community Groningen (OSCG). She explains...
Four and a half years ago, he received the Nobel Prize. During the award ceremony in Stockholm, Ben Feringa made a resolution: I will put science on the map. His mission is being given a new boost with the establishment of the Ben Feringa Fund,...
Older people with memory problems who live at home are extraordinarily resourceful when it comes to staying in control of their activities outside the home. Demographers Jodi Sturge and Mirjam Klaassens are certainly impressed. ‘It’s not about...
The UG website uses functional and anonymous analytics cookies. Please answer the question of whether or not you want to accept other cookies (such as tracking cookies).
If no choice is made, only basic cookies will be stored. More information