Research at the Observatory

Scientists at USM work in a wide variety of research areas, including extragalactic astronomy, cosmology, numerical astrophysics, extrasolar planets, stellar physics and statistical data analysis incl. artificial intelligence.

Home to an excellent research environment

LMU's observatory continues to grow and is now hosting five different chairs and more than 10 individual research groups. And it is part of a network of four institutes for Astrophysics and Cosmology in and around Munich.

Wendelstein observations of Triangulum Galaxy

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities at the Observatory

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Study at the Observatory

The challenging degree programs at LMU and its Obervatory provide you with a research oriented training in all areas relevant to modern Astrophysics. Join us and become an expert in gravitational dynamics, planet and star formation, cosmology, statistics, data science and machine learning.

A hands-on and diverse environment

Our degree programs are closely linked to the vibrant research activities taking place at USM and other Munich institutes for Astrophysics & Cosmology. Experience the international environment at LMU, and challenge yourself to become an expert in your field.

further information for current and prospective students

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Our Master's degree program in Astrophysics

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Becoming a PhD student at the Observatory

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Student and Postdoc Representation at USM

The Master, PhD and Postdoc representatives are teams of two MSc-Students, PhD-Students and Postdocs which represent and support the students and non-permanent staff-members at USM.

Student and Postdoc Representation

Information for the interested Public

Learn more about the reasearch activities at USM via our online resources, public talks or even guided tours!

Public Outreach


Scientific and administrative staff

Wendelstein 2.1m Fraunhofer Telescope


A gallery with photos of the inside, the outside, the historic instruments, and the people of the USM

USM Gallery
USM-Fraunhofer-Refraktor around 1900

History of the LMU Observatory

From the cradle of spectroscopy to modern Astrophysics - our Observatory throughout the centuries

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