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A stellar university experience

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This is the English version of our blog article from 30 September 2019.
Translation by Vera Oberhauser (5aR).
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At the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year, three students of the astronomy group were given the very special opportunity to undertake an internship at the university observatory in Munich. Dr. Arno Riffeser, who was born in Eppan and is a very dear friend of our astronomy group took Pauline, Dominik and Vera under his wings and granted them an insight into the world of an astrophysicist.

Vera describes this five day adventure in the following report.



Once again, September was just around the corner which for a lot of us meant back to school season. Before we let that happen though, some students of our astronomy group went out into the field! Pauline (Matura 2019), Dominik (5dR) and Vera (5aR) set off for Munich to the obse…

Hunting down some supernovae

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This is the English version of our blog article from 22 April 2019.
Translation by Johannes Rubner (3aR).
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The small town Ponte di Piave, located in the Po Plain, is home to a very special person; an elderly, very lovable gentleman. You would‘ve never guessed the kind of predator that lies behind that kind face. Paolo Campaner, that's his name, is actually one of the world‘s best and most renowned supernova-hunters; he was able to track down an astonishing number of 12 of these star explosions in the last five years, which is an amazing achievement, especially in such a highly competitive field.


But what is a supernova?

Whenever a huge, massive star has reached the end of its lifespan, it doesn’t simply disappear: It dies in a huge explosion; you could say it dies with passion. One of these explosions can release such tremendous amounts of energy th…