The private initiative – Initia Horae
Initiativkreis Horizontastronomie im Ruhrgebiet e.V.
The charitable private initiative 'Initiativkreis Horizontastronomie im Ruhrgebiet e.V.' (short: Initiae Horae = source of time, lat.) was founded in March 2003 in a collaboration of members of the Institute of astronomy at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Westphalian Public Observatory Recklinghausen in Germany.
Our goal is to further develop the initial idea of horizon astronomy in the Ruhr area and the focusing of astronomical skills in a scientific advisory board in the project planning and realisation.
The private initiative appears in numerous public presentations and negotiations concerning the further progression and planning of the astronomical installations with the project executing organisation – the RVR and the Cities of Herten and Recklinghausen – as official representative of the astronomical concept of the project. Additionally, they represent the authority responsible for a scientifically founded planning of the observing installations.
The charitable initiativekreis operates across the Ruhr area and is independent. It therefore fulfils the requirement of the RVR: To realise a project - astronomical park within the landscape park Emscherbruch - with importance beyond the local region.
The entire ordinance (German: Satzung) of the private initiative Initiae Horae in PDF format can be found here:
Further information and materials are on Downloads.
Last Update: 10th February 2009