About Us

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cutting-edge free astronomy centre for the public located at the site of ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, providing you with an immersive experience that will leave you in awe of the Universe we live in. The Centre provides school classes and families with an unforgettable learning experience, where even the most abstract and distant topics in astronomy and physics are explained and visualised in an innovative way.

The heart of the ESO Supernova is a planetarium with state-of-the-art projection technology and a scientifically accurate three-dimensional astronomical database, which ensures a unique and authentic immersive experience that allows you to fly to the stars and even to the edge of the Universe. Our programme of shows, suitable for all ages, is displayed on the 360-degree dome that is 14 metres in diameter. Each show also contains a live component, moderated by one of our presenters. All shows are offered in German and English.

Go up the ramp from the entrance area to experience our engaging exhibition. By walking along the 284-metre-long path and investigating the 13 themes on display, you will be introduced to the science and technology behind modern astronomy and learn about our place in the Universe. All 2200 m2 of the exhibition are packed with fascinating, interactive and virtually enhanced exhibition material. You will enjoy a multisensory experience of the Universe through music, acoustics, light, touch and visual impressions. All content is provided in English and German.

If you still have time, visit the Void. You can relax in the comfortable leisure area of this huge room, and enjoy the illusion of being under the southern sky, as lights mounted on the glass dome roof recreate some of the constellations of the southern sky. Here you can also join one of the daily guided tours.

The exhibition, the planetarium shows and the guided tours are all offered free of charge!

If you’re tired after spending several hours in the exhibition area and the planetarium, you can also relax in the picnic area, which provides several large tables and benches. Bring your own food, use our vending machines, or grab some food from the various nearby on-campus snack bars and restaurants. Right next to the picnic area you can also find the cloakroom, where you can store your backpacks and jackets in the lockers provided.

The ESO Supernova offers an extended educational programme, including special planetarium shows and guided tours for children of all ages (from Kindergarten to Grade 13), workshops, educational material for teachers to be used in the visitor centre or in the classroom and much more. Everything is available in both English and German.

The ESO Supernova also has two meeting rooms, Scorpius and Sagittarius, which are available for school workshops and special events.

After enjoying a day at the ESO Supernova, the ESOshop is an excellent place to stop and buy a souvenir of your experience. The shop offers a wide selection of educational and other intriguing items!

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3D rendering of the ESO Supernova building.
Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

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The Void.
Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)

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The Exhibition path.
Credit: Architekten Bernhardt + Partner (www.bp-da.de)