Stefan Hippler

Physicist and Astronomer (C.V.)


Staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg.


Contact information Ring Ring Ring +49 6221 528 265


Science is an adventure. I am lucky to be part of that endeavour.

An important aspect of science is to ask the right question. Consequently, the second step is to ask how one can find answers to that question. In observational astronomy, the solution to the second question is either using existing instrumentation or building new instruments, which are able to help answering the scientific question. The process of building new instruments/telescopes is typically organized in a project. That is the context of my work and I can say that managing and working on projects is almost always a fascinating task.

The scientific and technological return of my work is partially documented through this list of publications.

I support training exercises for MPIA PhD students to supervise master students. For that purpose, I have set-up an optical experiment - course number F36 - for the advanced physics lab for physicists who study at the University of Heidelberg.


Talk given at the Robert-Mayer-Sternwarte in Heilbronn: Die Jagd nach fremden Welten.

A few pictures from my professional life.

A famous mountain in Argentina and a mountain "high light" in the german Allgäu region. Yes, Earth is a rocky planet.

Blast from the past. Just for laughs.

Selected scientific works

The adaptive optics online Tutorial in german language.

Why are there seasons? See and read on.

Earth is a rocky planet, even at night you can observe this.

Kind of an atlas of the universe.