Exploring the Moon with the Children's University

"The moon has risen" - this famous first verse from the "Evening Song" by the poet Matthias Claudius is the title of the online lecture of the Children's University of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg on Thursday and Saturday, May 12 and 14, 2022.

The moon is our constant companion and our closest neighbor. But how did the moon come into being, why is it sometimes visible as a circle, sometimes as a crescent, sometimes not at all? Why do we see the earth's satellite mostly at night, but sometimes also during the day? Are the spots on the moon perhaps seas, mountains or something else entirely?

Andreas Bürger from the Institute of Electrical Systems and Energy Logistics at the BTU will discuss all these questions with the participants in the current Children's University lecture. He will also explain why the visible shape of the moon is constantly changing, how the craters and mountains on it were formed, and how this celestial body could be populated. In addition, the lecturer will show the children how the moon looks through a telescope and whether the traces of the lunar astronauts can still be seen on it. While Andreas Bürger is working on complicated control technology in the university laboratories, he is also very interested in questions from astronomy. Among other things, his own photographs will provide evidence of this during his lecture. Pupils from the third to sixth grades are cordially invited to follow the children's university lecture "The moon has risen" from the comfort of their sofa at home. After the required registration by e-mail, they will be sent the link to access the lecture. This lecture of the Children's University for participants at the central campus Cottbus starts on Thursday, May 12, at 3 and 5:15 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Registrations and inquiries can be made at the e-mail address heike.postelt(at)b-tu.de or by calling 03573 85-280.

On Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m., this lecturebegins for the participants of the Children's University at the Senftenberg campus. For this registrationand/or further inquiries under the email address kinderuni(at)b-tu.de as well as under telephone 03573 85-335 take place. Background Child lectures are to awaken at an early stage the interest in the solution of scientific and further questions, to give children the possibility of experiencing the flair of a university. The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg provides solutions to scientific phenomena of everyday life in a child-friendly, exciting way and thus creates formative experiences and experiences that are intended in particular to reduce the inhibition threshold to a university.

Further information on the Children's and Pupils' University and the other offers of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg for children and pupils: www.b-tu.de/unileben/kinder-und-schueler


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Andreas Bürger is the speaker at the current BTU Children's University lecture. Photo: VDIni Club
Image of the full moon on July 23, 2021. Photo: Andreas Bürger