ASTRONOMICAL INSTITUTE OF THE CAS
The Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic is the leading scientific institution in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics in Czechia. The prime focus of the Institute is to conduct scientific research and development in astronomy and astrophysics, covering more specifically the formation, development, dynamics and physical properties of stars, stellar systems and related bodies, researching the Sun, solar activity and its effects on processes both on Earth and in interplanetary space, researching the Earth’s surroundings, the dynamics of natural and artificial bodies of the solar system as well investigating interplanetary matter and how it interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Institute is involved in projects on the development and construction of instruments for missions by the European Space Agency ESA. This also includes instruments for the Solar Orbiter probe, for its 2020 journey toward the Sun. The probe will explore the Sun closer than any probe hitherto, at a distance comparable to the orbit of Mercury. We anticipate obtaining unique findings that will advances our knowledge of this our nearest star. Astronomers regularly keep an eye out for information about current celestial events. The most interesting overhead phenomena can be seen by visitors at the Astronomical Observatory in Ondrejov.
FOR THE PUBLIC
- Public access tours of the Ondrejov observatory
- Excursions – for elementary & secondary schools (from April to October)
- The ‘What we‘re working on’ series, Other public events, For children and youth