Astronomy at the ESO Supernova

Discover the applications of Kepler’s Laws in modern astronomy

01.07.2016 European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2, 85748 Garching bei München

Kepler’s laws are included in physics lesson plans in many countries. They are usually introduced by showing their applications to the Solar System, in particular focusing on the motion of the planets around the Sun. This teacher training will show how important and powerful Kepler’s laws are in modern astronomy. For example, Kepler’s third law allows astronomers to estimate the masses of supermassive black holes and of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. In addition, deviations from Kepler’s laws seen in galaxy rotation curves led to the discovery of dark matter. During this one-day training, which will combine short introductory talks with workshops, participating teachers will be introduced to enquiry-based methods for studying these scientific concepts. We will also provide educational materials which can be used directly in the classroom.

Friday 1 July 2016, 09:30 - 19:00

ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre
Haus der Astronomie

European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Telescopium Auditorium
Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2
85748 Garching

(See information below on how to reach us)

This workshop will be delivered in German.

Getting there

Arriving by public transport:
ESO is located on the research campus in Garching (metro line U6). Get off the train at the last stop, called Garching Forschungszentrum. Please follow the signs to ESO on campus . The ESO-building is located 300 metres to the south of the metro station. Please identify yourself at the ESO Reception as a participant in the "Teacher Training: Kepler’s Laws".

Arriving by car:
Take the Autobahn for Nürnberg (A9). Take the turnoff to Garching-Nord, which leads you directly to the Forschungsinstitute area. Go straight ahead at the traffic lights and continue until the road makes a sharp turn to the left. Do not turn left: ESO is straight ahead.
Free parking is available at the northern part of Ludwig-Prandtl-Straße. From there it is 5 minutes’ walk to ESO.

Program of the teacher training

09:30 Welcome and coffee

09:45 News about the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

10:00 Invited talk: “What are natural laws and why are they always valid?” — Prof. Harald Lesch (LMU)

11:30 Talk and workshop: “Kepler and the search for a second Earth” — Dr. Cecilia Scorza (HdA/ESO)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Guided tour of ESO and the ESO Supernova construction site

15:00 Talk and workshop: “Kepler and the masses of black holes” — Dr. Andreas Müller (Universe Cluster, TUM)

16:30 Coffee break

17:00 Talk and workshop: “Kepler and the discovery of dark matter” — Dr. Wolfgang Vieser (Christoph-Probst Gymnasium, Gilching)

18:30 General discussion

19:00 End

19:30 Dinner in Garching

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