Horst Thiel
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The starry sky at the turn of the year

Thu, 29.12.2022
19:00 - 20:30
Horst Thiel
Red giant stars, white dwarfs, black holes and stargazing
In real time I show satellites zooming across the screen and planets and constellations, red giants, white dwarfs and black holes. Constellations were once seen as divine beings that helped sailors on the sea find their way, regulated the daily schedule and showed farmers when to sow, all very useful. The moon and the sun were the calendar makers. But priests were also given the difficult task of telling rulers whether a war campaign would be successful according to the position of the stars, and even an astronomer like Kepler earned more money from horoscopes than from his scientific work. Even today, the belief in astrology persists, especially at the beginning of the year.

Book event

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    Stonehenge - Of people and landscapes
    Fri, 27.05.
    18:30 - 19:30
    The story of Europe's most famous archaeological monument in its uniquely preserved prehistoric environment
  • Maria Sibylla Merian - Female power around 1700
    Sat, 28.05.
    18:00 - 19:30
    Welcome to the wondrous world of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717): Plants, caterpillars and butterflies from Europe and South America under the magnifying glass
  • Roofs of Cologne Cathedral - the secret life of the cathedral
    Mon, 30.05.
    11:00 - 12:00
    Welcome online to a visit to the roof spaces of Cologne Cathedral.

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