Ce­les­tial Sight­ings

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

Of Ber­lin’s three ob­ser­va­to­ries, the old­est and largest is the Archen­hold Ob­ser­va­tory (Alt-Trep­tow 1, www.sdtb.de), home to the “sky cannon,” the long­est move­able re­fract­ing te­le­scope on the planet. Take photos of the starry night with an astrograph, or view plan­ets, bi­nary stars, and the moon through a 500mm re­flect­ing te­le­scope. At the Wilhelm- Fo­er­ster-Stern­warte (Mun­s­ter­damm 90, www.plan­e­tar­ium-ber­lin.de), you can ex­plore and learn about the uni­verse us­ing ei­ther a 100-year- old re­fract­ing te­le­scope or Ber­lin’s most light-sen­si­tive re­flect­ing te­le­scope. When it’s rain­ing, the con­nected plan­e­tar­ium opens up its mag­nif­i­cent ar­ti­fi­cial night sky. Happy stargaz­ing! (Note: The Zeiss- Groß­plan­e­tar­ium, the city’s third ob­ser­va­tory, is closed for mod­ern­iza­tion un­til 2016.)

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