History of Astronomy and Observational Astronomy
Prof. Dr. Andreas Schrimpf
The research group History of Astronomy and Observational Astronomy is working in the field of time domain stellar astrophysics, especially the physics of various kinds of variable stars. We are analysing time series of historical and modern archival data as well as observations of our observatory.
The worldwide number of astronomical photographic plates from the 20th century is estimated to about several millions. Covering a time span of more than 100 years these date are most suitable for studying long-term behavior and transient phenomena of stars. Thus, data from photographic plates are a valuable extension to modern CCD survey data archives.
Our research in history of astronomy is concentrating on the beginning of astronomical research in Hesse: on the development of star catalogs, the discovery of asteroids and the beginning of studies of variable stars.
The Marburg research group is a member of the "Councel of German Observatories (RDS)".