“The Universe in the Lab” featured at "Universe on Tour" in Hofheim

Mobile planetarium comes to Hofheim am Taunus from July 26 – 30, 2023. Admission is free.


GSI and FAIR – also called “the Universe in the Lab” – are part of the roadshow “Universe on Tour” in Hofheim. Within the "Year of Science 2023 – Our Universe," the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) presents current topics in astronomy and astrophysics in a mobile planetarium at Kellereiplatz. In addition to a 360-degree planetarium show, GSI and FAIR, the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Technical University Darmstadt will present current research projects. The Hofheim Observatory will also be represented. Guests who want to join research can document light pollution in the surrounding area at the Night Light Stage project.

It's a match! The Universe in the Lab meets the Universe on Tour. The GSI and FAIR experiments bring the Universe into the laboratory by recreating some of the essential processes which define the evolution of our Universe in the lab in controlled conditions with the help of particle accelerators. This research will be part of the planetarium show, where visitors will travel to the depths of space and take a tour of the Universe. In a companion tent, guests can also visit an exhibition on the topic of "light" and find out what it reveals about the universe and what role gravitational waves play. Various stations provide information about, among other things, the importance of light for astronomy – from radio waves to the light of the stars visible to us to gamma radiation – and take a look at the nurseries of stars and planets.

Opening hours of the mobile planetarium in Hofheim: 
July 26 – 28: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. I July 29: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. I July 30: 10:00a.m.  – 6:00 p.m.

Lectures in the mobile planetarium (starting at 8:00 p.m.): 

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2023: "Element Formation - Insights into the Life of Stars" by Prof. Dr. René Reifarth, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Saturday, July 29, 2023: "X-ray astrophysics of hot matter - from the laboratory to space" by Dr. Sonja Bernitt, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
  • Saturday, July 29, 2023: "Light Walk" with the citizen research project Nachtlicht-BüHNE for digital recording of light pollution.

In total, the roadshow "Universe on Tour" tours 15 large and small cities from May to September 2023 to get citizens excited about research in space. The tour is part of the “Science Year 2023 - Our Universe”, a joint initiative of the BMBF and Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD). The Stiftung Planetarium Berlin and the Astronomische Gesellschaft (AG) are responsible for the implementation and content of "Universe on Tour."

Citizen science project Night Light Stage

Interested guests can take part in the Citizen Science project Night Light Stage by documenting the light pollution in their surroundings and providing the collected data for research. On July 29, 2023, at 8:00 p.m., the "Light Walk" will start at the planetarium tent. No registration is necessary here. The project leaders will be available for interviews. (LW)

All stops of the roadshow "Universe on Tour":