History of the ESO Supernova

In 2011, after spending a few years developing the idea for an exciting and innovative new building for astronomy education and public outreach, Klaus Tschira, Managing Director of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), started discussing options with the European Southern Observatory for hosting the facility.

In December 2013, ESO officially accepted the donation of such a facility.

The construction work for the new building, named the ESO Supernova, started in February 2015 at ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany. The building will be finished by the middle of 2017 and is scheduled to open to the public in Spring 2018.


Klaus Tschira presenting the ESO Supernova project during the signing
event at ESO Headquarters. Credit: ESO

Tim de Zeeuw, ESO's Director General signs for the Visitor Centre with Klaus
Tschira, Managing Director of Klaus Tschira Stiftung. Credit: ESO