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Stargazing nights

Have you ever wanted look at the stars with a real telescope? You can do this at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy!

The constellation of Orion as seen from one of our domes.

The stargazing evenings are on Friday nights near first quarter and last from 19:00 to 22:00. Outline of the programme:

19:00-20:00: Lecture (in Dutch unless otherwise specified)
20:00-22:00: We head up into the institute for observing & Astro Café

Admission is free, and can be done via the application form on this website. Registration is not required but if you do register, you are guaranteed admission if you are on time. Tickets of no-shows will be given to visitors who have not been registered at 19:00 sharp.

Most nights are in Dutch, though tours can sometimes be given in English. Check the website for details in the weeks before a stargazing evening.


There are ample (paid) parking spaces available at the Science Park Amsterdam. The Science Park is easily accessible with public transport. Bus 40 stops on site. Railway station Amsterdam Science Park is the nearest train station. We are located in building 904, as shown on the map of Science Park Amsterdam.

Our rooftop observatory is not currently accessible to wheelchair users, so we unfortunately cannot at this time accommodate wheelchair users for the observing and guided tour sections of our stargazing evenings.


For more information about the stargazing events or other questions about our outreach efforts, please send an e-mail to