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Monthly Picture October 2018

Sunset in Riesa

At end of october we could observe this beautiful sunset in Riesa. During sunset the light of the sun let the clouds appear in many different colors.

Monthly Picture September 2018

Northern Lights in Finland

Sometimes it is possible to also see northern lights in Germany. Informations about this you can find at This picture of northern lights was taken in Finland. To have a better chance to see northern lights it is good to travel to the northern parts of europe. Here you also have the chance to see some even during weak activity.

Monthly Picture August 2018

Falling Star Nights 2018

This bright perseid could be photographed at the falling star nights 2018. Between 12th and 13th august the maximum of the perseid take place and in Riesa we could count 488 falling stars only in this night.

Monthly Pictures 2017
Monthly Picture December 2017

Road sign for the observatory Riesa

A special christmas gift we got from the administraion Riesa at the end of 2017. At the corner Döbelner Straße / Greizer Straße they installed two road signs. With this two sign it is more easy for visitors to find the observatory Riesa. The Team of the observatory Riesa thank’s very much for this!

Monthly Picture November 2017

Child university visits police

In November the child university Riesa visits the police station in Riesa. The young student could learn a lot about the work of the policeman and the history of the police station. Also a visit in the prisons cells was possible for the children, as you can see on the picture.

Monthly Picture August 2017

Partial lunar eclipse

Partial lunar eclipse in August

Monthly Picture July 2017

Drastic thunderstorm over Riesa

At 22th june was a very dangerous thunderstorm over Riesa. At this picture you can see the dangerous storm cell.

Monthly Picture June 2017

Red sky

At 20.May 2017 in Riesa a beautiful red evening sky could be observed.

Monthly Picture April 2017

Beautiful rainbow

At the month april you can´t see many rainbow´s.

Monthly Picture March 2017

Earth Hour at the observatory in Riesa

Riesa has been participating in Earth Hour for many years. The Earth Hour is a project, which is to draw attention to climate change and environmental protection. Join us and save our beautiful earth!

Monthly Picture February 2017


Meteorites are vagabonds out of space and everyone tells a little story. The meteorite and rock expert Michael Nitzsche, gave a lecture about Meteorites on 5 February 2017.

Monthly Picture January 2017

The new year begins with many snow

The new year begins with a white snow over Riesa and also with frosty temperatures. At this time of the year, the native birds find it difficult to feed.

Monthly Pictures 2016
Monthly Picture December 2016

Observatory is now barrier-free!

Now it’s finally done! The site around the observatory is now barrier-free. Thanks to all helpers and sponsors!

Monthly Picture November 2016


Here is a great shot of the Superfullmoon, which was taken in October on the Kalkberg in Riesa. Many guests visited  this evening this event and were present at this special show. Even a television team was present.

Monthly Picture October 2016

The observatory Riesa to celebrate a jubilee

In October the club, Sternwarte Riesa, celebrated its 9th birthday. Even astronauts like Hans Schlegel and Thomas Reiter congratulated the club on his birthday.

Monthly Picture September 2016

Wonderful sunset over the sea

Fantastic sunset at the sea. One clearly recognizes the reflection of the sun in the sea.

Monthly Picture August 2016

Halo ring around the sun

On this picture you can see a halo ring and sundogs around the sun. This fantastic picture was taken at the 7th august over Riesa.

Monthly Picture July 2016

Cute owl

The little cute owl could be spotted on a  signboard after an observation.


Monthly Picture June 2016

KUBB Game at midsummer time

Every year at the  midsummer time, the observatory in Riesa to exclaim a outdoor play game day.There are great games with a high fun factor like KUBB, Speedminton, Crocket and many more.

Monthly Picture May 2016

Mercury transit

At this day the weather was very good. The mercury transit can be observed the whole day. On the sun yon may see a litte black spot – this was mercury. Many guest came to the observatory in Riesa and see this rare event.

Monthly Picture April 2016

Children university

This semester, the new children’s university doctors were awarded.

Monthly Picture March 2016

Aurora Borealis at March

In March 2016 one could observe an aurora in Riesa. With the eye, although difficult to detect but with the camera clearly. From time to time it can be seen even an aurora, while you have to keep the solar activity well in mind. The picture was taken on the Reußner mountain.

Monthly Picture February 2016

With special effects to the new year

This year we will offer a lot of new and exciting things at the observatory Riesa. Presentations, events and observations about astronomy and space flight. We will also continue with the expansion of our observatory.

Monthly Picture January 2016

January 2016

In December 2015, the new  platform without barries was built around the observatory. Now any visitor can go comfortably in the observatory.

Monthly Pictures 2015
Monthly Picture September 2015

Total lunar eclipse

The wonderful complete lunar eclipse was on the 28th of september 2015. At this day was good weather in riesa and the we can observed this special event.

Monthly Picture July 2015

NCL Clouds wit a meteor

On this picture you can see NCL Clouds with a bright meteor

Monthly Picture June 2015

Venus and Jupiter

On the 30th of June, 2015 the narrowest meeting of both bright planets was to be observed and both approached up to 0. 3 °, so less than 1 lunar diameter in the sky. A spectacular and extremely rare sight. Already in the day sky the planet pair in the blue sky could be discovered. Long before these were to be seen with the naked eye, one could see in the telescopes both planets. The special in it: one looks by the telescope with strong enlargement (50 – 130x) and could marvel at at two planets from the first sight in the eyepiece. There is this extremely seldom and only at such narrow meetings. To take both planets successively in the visor, is often the case and stood with observations of the last months in the observatory of Riesa firmly in the plan. However, to see from the first sight immediately 2 planets and in addition still both brightest in the eyepiece – THERE NEVER WAS THIS!

Monthly Picture May 2015

Blackbird and the moon

In May this image could be shot by one of our members. In this rare case a blackbird could be photographed at her nightly serenades. Behind the blackbrid the moon is shing. A very convincing picture.

Monthly Picture March 2015

March 2015

In March a lot of people could observe the partial eclipse over Germany. Three people from the observatory Riesa could see the total eclipse from a plane. On the picture you can the sun a short moment before it is completely covered by the moon.

Monthly Picture February 2015

Schoolclass visited the obeservatory

Schoolclass visited the obeservatory in Riesa, Germany.

Monthly Picture January 2015

January 2015

Comet Lovejoy over Riesa at the 18 th january 2015.

Monthly Pictures 2014
Monthly Picture December 2014

December 2014

The Sternwarte Riesa was ceremoniously dedicate on 6th December at its new location.

Monthly Picture November 2014

November 2014

At November it all started. After a lot of organisation the observatory could move to the new location. At this day we could not observe astronomical objects but a flying observatory.

Monthly Picture October 2014

October 2014

The biggest sunspot on the sun’s surface since a couple of years. It’s big as the planet Jupiter.

Monthly Picture September 2014

September 2014

In the Kennedy Space centre can you visit the Space shuttle Atlantis which Era the shuttle flights finished.

Monthly Picture August 2014

August 2014

Also this year the Starfriends riesa could observe a lot of falling stars at the Perseid nights. Even the moon was shining very bright.

Monthly Picture July 2014

July 2014

Noctilucent clouds are fascinating and high flying clouds that are illuminated in 80 km altitude of the sun. Only in our latitudes they\’re to see the summer solstice. During the night of 3rd/ 4th July 2014 spectacular NLC were seen over the hometown Riesa.

Monthly Picture April 2014

April 2014

Abig fire took place in mid-April on our star, the sun, from, because at the solar limb could watch wonderful gas outbursts and in the afternoon a violent eruption occurred. Since days watching members of the observatory huge sunspot groups on the photosphere of the sun. These are known for over 400 years and represent especially strong magnetic solar activity.

Monthly Picture March 2014

March 2014

An observation of Earth Hour 2014. For 60 minutes the lights went out around the world to make a mark. The observatory Riesa participated in this action and used the dark hour for an extensive observation with the 11-inch telescope.

Monthly Picture February 2014

February 2014

At the end of February the star friends of Riesa were able to observe the phenomenon of northern lights. Although the aurora was just to see photographically, it shows quite beautiful structures. Auroras are caused by the so-called solar wind, which hurls the sun during outbreaks on the surface into space. If these charged particles hit on the Earths atmosphere, they excite the air molecules to glow.

Monthly Picture January 2014

January 2014

Large sunspots as the sunspot group NOAA 11944 are of particular interest because they show very complex structures and thus reveal much about the solar magnetic field at this point. The group 1944 is classified as one of the greatest of the last 10 years and was about 200 000km long. If this creates strong eruptions, as in the evening of the January, there is great excitement at sun fans, because the chance of visible aurora is also increasing for the central European region.

Monthly Pictures 2013
Monthly Picture December 2013

December 2013

In December, the Star Friends Riesa have again held their annual end of the year observation – the Astro-Glühwein night. The guests were able to talk with the star friends and observe during some warm drink. Since it was not completely cloudy that night, objects like the Orion Nebula, Jupiter and the moon could be observed. Against the cold and for a short warm up there was a small wood stove.

Monthly Picture November 2013

November 2013

In winter is the best time to observe the planetary nebula M42 in star sign Orion. Such a nebula is the birthplace of new stars. The Orion nebula is in a distance of 1350 lightyears from the sun. When the weather is fine you can see it with your own eyes.

Monthly Picture September 2013

September 2013

Four star observers from Riesa had at the end of September the chance to visit the nuclear research center CERN in Switzerland. There they could visit different experiments and get an impression of the technique of this institution. The visit at the LHC circle (Large Hadronen Collider) in a depth of 136 meters was the highlight of this trip. With a length of 27 kilometers it is the largest collider in the world. This was a really stunning experience.

Monthly Picture August 2013

August 2013

Also this year the falling star nights take place at the airfield in Canitz. Every evening at 10 pm from the 11th to the 18th august the observers move to the observation location and start the falling star hunting. Over 1000 falling stars were counted in this week. In the night with the highest falling star rate we could observe 280 meteors. In the next year this event will take place again at this time.

Monthly Picture July 2013

July 2013

This Year the 8th STT Saxonian Telescope Starparty takes place at the youth hostel of Strehla. In this great location around a old windmill we invitet astronomers and naturefans to visit us one weekend. There where many kinds of telescopes at the STT and the biggest was from a astromer from Kiel with 30 inch of diameter. Also our 20 inch telescope giant was there and together with all the other guests we enjoy many hours of starhopping and deep sky observation in the nightsky. On Saturday there were also many speeches and reports of special interests and acitvities from other communities and clubs and so we all knew about each other and starts a familiar friendship with further clubs. The next STT will take place from july 25th – july 27th in 2014 at Youth hostel Strehla. Come and visit us like members from Austria and all parts of Germany.

Monthly Picture June 2013

June 2013

One could observe a great evening mood shortly after sundown this month on occasion. However, beside great sundowns one could also observe some planets, like the Venus in the evening sky.

Monthly Pictures 2012
Monthly Pictures 2011
Monthly Picture December 2011

December 2011

In this month , there was a total lunar eclipse on our planet . But in Riesa was just a partial lunar eclipse. But one team member was on a trip and get a quick view of the partial eclipse .

Monthly Picture November 2011

November 2011

The observatory Riesa will continue to remain active in the service of astronomy and popular astronomy and youth education . A new location for this important institution is found . Old and especially many new partners are firmly behind our goals , ideas and resources.

Monthly Picture October 2011

October 2011

The gas giant Jupiter , the largest planet in the solar system , is currently can be see in at the evening sky and the whole night through . With cloud bands , storms and 4 large moons of this planet is an impressive and attractive object for each telescope . Particularly in large telescopes , such as the observatory Riesa ,  detailed structures and motions of the planets can be observed .

Monthly Picture September 2011

September 2011

In the Feueradgalaxie M101 can currently be observed a supernova . The galaxy is 24 million light years away.

Monthly Picture August 2011

August 2011

On the night of 15th to 16th August, the members from Riesa observed a particularly eye-catching and long shooting star. The track ran from the Ksaaiopeia up in Hercules.

Monthly Picture July 2011

July 2011

In July 2011, the last space shuttle launch took place in the US . Some members visit this special event.

Monthly Picture June 2011

June 2011

On 15 June 2011, the total lunar eclipse took place in the evenings! Unfortunately, barring a thick cloud band visibility at 11:00 p.m . But after that happy guests and members of the observatory Riesa  can be see a dark red moon.

Monthly Picture May 2011

May 2011

A beautiful rainbow was observed from the observatory Riesa .

Monthly Picture April 2011

April 2011

In April, the sun came out again populated by sunspots . These sunspots are Huge material discharge points on our star. best


Monthly Picture March 2011

March 2011

On March 27, this year’s Earth Hour took place, where the light has been turned off for 60 minutes. Worldwide, the light was on many buildings turned of and send a signal against the disappointing outcome of the Copenhagen climate conference. Also in the observatory Riesa all lights were put off for one hour.

Monthly Picture February 2011

February 2011

 Finally it worked, the Discovery was launched in Cape Canaveral. See them in our special shuttle first images from the last launch of Discovery.

Monthly Picture January 2011

January 2011

At the this year there was the same time a partial eclipse that we have seen. Here you see the most maximum phase of eclipse.

Monthly Pictures 2010
Monthly Picture December 2010

December 2010

 Unfortunately, that day was bad weather and you could not watch the lunar eclipse. The Alternative: Above Beamer watch live.

Monthly Picture November 2010

November 2010

 Elementary school from Nünchritz visited the observatory Riesa and received a whole tour in the observatory. They learn much about astronomy and space travel.

Monthly Picture September 2010

September 2010

While astronomy week, many school classes visited the observatory Riesa. They learn much new about astronomy and to observatory.


Monthly Picture August 2010

August 2010

 Member Pfof.Dr. Babara Cunow visited the spider exhibition in the observatory Riesa .

Monthly Picture July 2010

July 2010

This image is from the last STT , which took place this year at the Youth Hostel Strehla . It was a successful meeting with many telescopes and visitors . Three days with relatively good weather observation and abundant astronomical professional discussions . Mor pictures are in the gallary.


Monthly Picture May 2010

May 2010

While at the  market in Gostewitz , we could observe a super cell.


Monthly Picture April 2010

April 2010

This picture was taken moment during the preparation of an observation on the airfield in Canitz . The special thing about this picture is that you can see in the afterglow no single Kondenztreifen an aircraft.


Monthly Picture February 2010

February 2010

This image is a very beautiful mosaic of the sun in the so-called . H – alpha light , that the wavelength of the light spectrum , in which the gas outbreaks. surface activity are very nice to watch .


Monthly Picture January 2010

January 2010

In January, the correct time was again observed around Mars . At the low temperatures in January ( as in this picture that was taken at -10 ° C ) that is flickering so low that you can look at Mars through the telescope with larger magnifications in the air.


Monthly Pictures 2009
Monthly Picture November 2009

As in the best weather conditions in addition to the sun , we had the moon a focus of investigations at noon on November 12 , this impressive sight was even provided with a cherry on top : an aircraft strike the edge of the moon !

Monthly Picture October 2009

October 2009

Visitors from Schmannewitz visited the Sernwarte Riesa.

Monthly Picture September 2009

September 2009

On September 17, a historic moment in space took place . The Japanese HTV transport module docked for the first time at the ISS . From the observatory Riesa we have this moment firmly retained . You see in the picture the HTV at a distance of about 150 meters to the ISS .

Monthly Picture August 2009

August 2009

In August, we could observe a solar transit of the ISS from the observatory . This event could be observed in a only 5 km wide strip on Earth . The observatory is us this sharp image of the ISS succeeded .


Monthly Picture July 2009

July 2009

On 22 July this year, you could watch the longest solar eclipse of this century , almost 6 min in Asia . Darkness. Also two of our team members were on site and provided many impressions of this unique event . This image is a small impression.

Monthly Pictures 2008
Monthly Picture December 2008

December 2008

Venus , Moon and Jupiter in the sky.


Monthly Picture November 2008

Novmber 2008

In November some members of our astronomy club met the astronauts Hans Schlegel in Osnabrück.


Monthly Picture October 2008

October 2008

Observatory photographed in HDR.


Monthly Picture September 2008

September 2008

Thunderstorm over Riesa.

Monthly Picture August 2008

August 2008

Solar eclipse over Riesa.

Monthly Picture July 2008

July 2008

A supercell over Riesa . In such a supercell occur tornadoes.