An observatory enriches teaching in the Department of Physics at TU Darmstadt
The way to the stars leads through an inconspicuous door in the panelling of the lecture hall in the Uhrturm building, and then up a steep grid staircase to a hatch in the ceiling. Anyone who climbs through it will find themselves in front of TU's observatory, which is surrounded by the protective glass cube on top of the tower. Four remote-controlled telescopes are aimed up into the sky, observing the sun by day and clusters of stars, nebulae and galaxies by night. The images and data that are recorded are used in lab courses and teaching in the Department of Physics.