Christmas lecture: “Santa’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Hess-Telescope and Reindeer sleigh
Collage: Jelena Celic/Foto: Sabine Gloaguen

Christmas lecture of the Department of Physics on December 15, 2022, at 7 pm (doors open 6:15 pm), Physics building, lecture halls G, H and E, Staudtstraße 7, Erlangen

Dashing through the galaxy at the speed of light, past black holes and cosmic rays: The Department of Physics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) welcomes visitors aboard a very special sleigh ride for the traditional Christmas lecture on Thursday, December 15, in the Physics building in Staudtstraße 7. The lecture will be held in lecture hall G and will be screened in lecture halls H and E. The lecture starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:15 pm. The event will be held in English.

Physicists from the Erlangen Center for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) at FAU, a pinch of (astroparticle) physics tailored to suit a more general audience, and lots of fun: the perfect mix for the Christmas lecture from the Department of Physics. Like in the years before the coronavirus pandemic, visitors will be treated to a Christmas play that conveys fascinating facts about the Universe along the way.

In the Christmas lecture, the physicists tell the story of the new Santa: Santa Corp. is booming since the company has developed a sleigh that travels faster than the speed of light. After his predecessor retired, the new Santa is feeling overwhelmed by the work, in particular thanks to an additional planet that has been added to his route. Luckily, Noëlle and her father, a shift worker at the HESS telescope in Namibia, are on hand to help, and brave the dangers of traveling faster than the speed of light, encountering cosmic rays and black holes along the way in an epic journey through space.

Further information:

Prof. Stefan Funk


Phone: +49 9131 85 70727