History of Astronomy : Working Group for the History of Astronomy : Meetings : 1998 Meeting in Heidelberg

Meeting of the Working Group for the History of Astronomy during the International Conference of the Astronomische Gesellschaft


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Sunday, 13 September 1998

Informal gathering in the restaurant, "Da Claudia", Brückenstraße 14, in Heidelberg (go from Bismarckplatz in the old centre over the bridge "Theodor-Heuss-Brücke"), from around 7 pm, open end.

Monday, 14 September 1998

Place: Campus of Heidelberg University (Neuenheimer Feld 308), Hörsaal [Lecture room] 2 in the Central Area of "Theoretikum", building 306 (= building 6306 on the map in the printed programme of the conference, p. 3). Bus and tram stop "Bunsengymnasium". Note: The prolongation of the street Mönchhofstraße goes directly to this building, passing the Mathematical Institute.

9:00 Welcome

9:10 Reinhold Bien (Heidelberg): A history of local astronomy

9:30 Andreas Hänel (Osnabrück): Do megalithic graves have an astronomical orientation? A European perspective

9:50 Harald Gropp (Heidelberg): Some remarks on the calendar of Coligny

10:10 Heiner Lichtenberg (Bonn): Zur Verknüpfung des Sonnen- und Mondkalenders im Gregorianischen Kalender

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Ari Belenkiy (Israel): Kepler's Ellipse and Jewish Astronomical Tradition

11:20 Elvira Pfitzner (Chemnitz): Dörffelforschung - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen

11:40 Ulrich Bastian (Heidelberg): Bessel's Parallax of 61 Cygni Visualized

12:00 Lunch

14:00 Colin Humphreys (Cambridge, UK): The Star of Bethlehem, a Comet in 5 BC, and the Date of the Millenium

14:40 Manfred Schürmeyer (Dreieich): The Comet of Bethlehem and its year of appearance

15:00 Wolfgang R. Dick (Potsdam): Encyclopedias of Astronomical Biographies - Status and Prospects

15:20 Break

15:30 Wolfgang Kokott (München/Bonn): Variations of a Constant - On the History of Precession

15:50 Gudrun Wolfschmidt (Hamburg): Max Wolf as a Pioneer of Astrophotography

16:10 Concluding remarks

16:30 Assembly of the members of the Working Group for the History of Astronomy (guests are welcome)

Unfortunately, the previously announced paper "Wilhelm Schickard, Isaac Habrecht and the first empirical meteor height determination in 1623" by Wolfgang Czegka had to be cancelled.

Other events

Monday, 14 September, to Friday, 18 September 1998

International Scientific Conference of the Astronomische Gesellschaft


The following poster paper (P 121) has been submitted:

Johann Dorschner (Jena): Max Wolf and the Thuringian Private Astronomer Anton Thraen

Wednesday, 16 September 1998

Tour of the Landessternwarte (Observatory) Heidelberg-Königstuhl

At 3 pm you may visit the Landessternwarte on the Königstuhl hill.

Saturday, 19 September 1998

Programme for teachers

The programme includes also:

Heiner Lichtenberg (Bonn): Zeitrechnung im Gregorianischen Kalender - ein Schulthema?

Wolfgang R. Dick

Created: 3 Sep 1998. Latest update: 24 Nov 1998