The main research areas of the AIUB are on Fundamental Astronomy, in particular on Satellite Geodesy, Gravity field estimation, and space debris discovery and characterization. In the academic curriculum the Astronomical and the Physical Institutes of the University of Bern offer the astronomy and astrophysics modules in the bachelor and master programs of the university Bern.
Baader Planetarium has installed a 6,15 Meter Classic Dome in 2013, followed by a 5,3M Classic and a 4,5M AllSky Dome in 2016 as protection for their scientific instruments.
In 2022 followed a second 6.15m slit dome in modified highspeed version (up to 35°/s), designed for most demanding scientifc tasks. See below a short video of the dome installation and areal shots taken by our drone.
The Astronomical Institute of University Bern also works together with partners. For example, together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) they operate a 3.5m AllSky Dome as a research station at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). They also work in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).