Open Day

The MPA reguarly (every two years) opens it's doors for the general public offering insights to the work done at the institute. On normal days our scientists do research about cosmology and galaxy formation, the physics of black holes, the evolution of stars, and stellar explosions. We build models for these processes, partially using simulations or supercomputers. On the Open Day visitors can take a look behind the scenes.

The institute is also involved in observational projects or uses their data to improve the theoretical models and to understand the physical processes behind the observations: systematic galaxy surveys, precise observations of supernova-explosions, data about the cosmic microwave background from the Planck-satellite successfully launched in 2009, X-ray satellites, or the radio-telescope LOFAR, which can be used to study for example magnetic fields in galaxies or the surroundings of black holes.

We inform about latest research results and recent progress in astronomy.

The next Open Day will be held on 3 October 2024.

There will be:

  • talks given by scientists
  • a poster gallery and a “Astrosprechstunde” in the reception area: find out about black holes, exploding stars, cosmic gamma ray bursts, galaxies, and the evolution of the universe – students and anyone who is curious can discuss with our astrophysicists
  • a visit of our 60cm-telescope
  • the show in our planetarium "The Changing Universe"
  • a Kids Lab with simple hands-on experiments and handicrafts


Inside the inflatable dome of our planetarium we take you on a journey from the sky above Munich back to the beginnings of the universe. Visit our neighbouring planets and observe the sun close-up. Find out interesting details about a star’s life, from birth until its death in a bright and explosive supernova. Come and travel with us even further – out of our Milky Way to remote galaxies and to the origin of the universe. The shows begin every 45 minutes; please see programme for details. There are about 20 seats inside the planetarium.


The observatory on the rooftop of our institute contains a 60cm reflecting telescope. Normally advanced students are trained here – now it’s your turn! Our staff explain how the telescope works and what can be observed. If there will be clear skies, you will be able to observe stars live, even during daylight!

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