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Leiden Observatory


  • carry out world-class astronomy research
  • develop key technologies for ground breaking astronomical discoveries
  • provide excellent education at the bachelor and master level
  • engage the public with the wonders of the Universe and share the scientific, technological, cultural and educational aspects of astronomy with society.


  • galaxies and the structures in which they are embedded
  • exo-planets, and forming stars and planets

Their physical components, formation and evolution are studied using

  • observations with ground and space based telescopes
  • theoretical and astrochemistry modelling
  • large scale numerical simulations, and
  • laboratory experiments mimicking conditions in space


Contact information, travel directions, maps

Prospective PhDs

PhD programme, vacancies, Summer school (LEAPS)

Prospective MScs

MSc programme, scholarships

BSc kandidaten

BSc programma


Sterrenkunde in Leiden, Profielwerkstuk Forum, Leraren