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Verständliche Astronomie aus Heidelberg - Von Max Wolfs Himmelsbildern zum Haus der Astronomie


Lemke,  Dietrich
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Society and Cooperation Partners;

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Lemke, D. (2018). Verständliche Astronomie aus Heidelberg - Von Max Wolfs Himmelsbildern zum Haus der Astronomie. Acta Historica Astronomiae, 64, 485-510.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-CC96-C
120 years ago Max Wolf (1863-1932) pioneered the celestial photography at his small private observatory. He was admired by scientists and by the public for his beautiful images of the Milky Way, nebulae and comets, and also for his frequent popular talks given in many cities in Germany and abroad. By his popularity he could raise private and public funds for the erection of an observatory on the Königstuhl mountain near Heidelberg in 1898. His successors at the Landessternwarte and at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, established in 1969 nearby, continued the broad public outreach activities from Königstuhl. In 1962 they founded the journal "Sterne und Weltraum", today the largest printed medium for popular astronomy in Germany. Recently the Klaus Tschira Stiftung erected and equipped the "Haus der Astronomie" on Königstuhl, a facility that is fully dedicated to the astronomical education of children, teachers, students, amateurs and the public.