New Observatory

The new observatory at the institute building is housed in the dome which was already built in February 1986. In 1992 we started the planning work and the telescope then arrived in 1996.

The so far most spectacular event was the discovery of the second eruption of the star V838 Mon, which has later drawn public attention to it because of its pictures of the light echo in pictures of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), in February 2002.



Discovery images of V838 Mon from Innsbruck

(the day before and the outburst itself)



V838 Mon Images of HST