The Education Programme in 2022

COVID-19 Precautions: We still ask you, not to visit ESO Supernova if you're tested positiv for COVID-19, feel unwell or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Please note that the ESO Supernova will be closed from 18 December 2022 on. We will be back on 4 January 2023.

Please find more information below on how to book a planetarium show and/or a guided tour and/or a workshop for your pre-school group and school class.

We have not yet completed the planning and adjustments of the ESO Supernova programme for the second half of the school term 2022/23, so it's not yet possible to book or register for a date after 28 February 2023. Booking from March 2023 to July 2023 will be possible from end of the year on. We will inform on our website and via our newsletter when the planning is finalised.

ESO Supernova's educational programme.

Astronomy education is about one of the oldest natural and cultural sciences. It is using the most modern and overwhelming technologies trying to unravel some of the oldest questions like "How did this all began - will it ever end?" or "Are we alone?". In terms of science education in general astronomy can act as a gateway science opening the door for all STEM fields. ESO Supernova's educational programme, teacher trainings and resources are set up to foster the fascination and joy of science, to encourage discovery and self-directed learning in teams and to share ESO Supernova's passion for our universe with everyone.

Trainings for Teachers & Educators

Italian Teacher Training
Group of the Italian Teacher Training participating in a hands-on activity. Credit: ESO

Science and society is a rapidly evolving field and such is science education. ESO Supernova supports teachers and educators in keeping them up to date with recent developments and discoveries in astronomy and engineering by providing hands-on teacher trainings on those topics. Educators K-12 will not only learn the latest from current research, but also discover how this can be transferred into the classroom in a contemporary and sustainable way. You'll find more about what ESO Supernova offers especially for educators and about past and future teacher trainings here .

Programme for School- and Kindergarten Groups

Polish students at ESO Supernova
Polish students having a guided tour at ESO Supernova in their mother tongue led by a polish ESO colleauge. Credit: ESO/M. Zamani

Astronomy is a very interdisciplinary scientific discipline that incorporates all natural sciences taught in schools, as well as mathematics, computer science and even more. We make use of the students' interest for astronomy as a driving force for them to acquire science literacy. We have placed curricula learning contents in an astronomical context, designed hands-on workshops, planetarium shows and exhibition tours and so created unique learning opportunities to experience science like being a scientist for free.

Our educational goal is to ignite curiosity for science and to encourage young ones to think outside the box by combining school knowledge with modern applications in astronomy and engineering. The educational programme is using inquiry based learning strategies with hands-on workshops that can easily be replicated at school or at home. We promote the principle of equality of opportunity for all, especially in terms of education and learning opportunities – for that reason the educational programme is free of charge for school classes and Kindergarten groups. Unfortunately, we cannot offer workshops to day-care groups, after-school childcare or holiday programmes.

So far more than 23000 curious minds (K-12) have taken part in our educational programme together with more than 2400 educators who took the initiative to go on excursion with their students to an extracurricular learning site. Such special events promote motivation, curiosity and interest for MINT subjects and regarding the understanding of science can help to make the penny drop.

What is the education programme?

Depending on how much time you have at ESO Supernova and how large your group is, we can tailor your educational programme to suit the group’s interests.

The full educational programme consists of

  • an age-appropriate guided tour of the exhibition that ranges 2200 square metres and covers all facets of astronomy and earthbound telescope technology (30 min for Kindergarten, 60 min for schools) or a tour of ESO Headquarters for participants older than 10 years (60 min) (more about tours)
  • a planetarium show including an explanation of the sky tonight (45 min for Kindergarten, 60 min for schools)
  • an age-appropriate workshop (not possible in the first half of 2022)

but also booking of parts of it (e.g. only a planetarium show) is possible.

Educational Programme
The three pillars of the educational programme: Guided tours, planetarium shows, workshops. Credit: ESO/M. Zamani/P. Horálek


  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer workshops to individuals, birthday parties, day-care groups, after-school childcare or holiday programmes.
  • The educational programme is offered only from Wednesday to Friday, but not on public holidays.
  • Workshops and tours are limited to a maximum number of 30 students. Unfortunately, we cannot offer parallel workshops or tours, nor can we hold them directly one after the other.
  • Planetarium shows can be requested up to a maximum group size of 109 people (if no one else has booked this planetarium show so far). Please note that you should still plan for an adequate number of accompanying persons (1 person per 10 children/teenagers).


All parts of the educational programme as well as the entrance to the ESO Supernova are free of charge. Donations are very welcome.


Dates & Booking Requests

  • Planetarium Show:

    Please check the ESO Supernova Online-Calendar to see if there is a planetarium show with enough free seats on your preferred date. If there is no show scheduled on that date, we can usually schedule a show at 9:30am, 11:00am, 2:00pm or 3:30pm. Use the booking form below to book this Planertarium show for your group. The number of participants is determined by the maximum number of places that can be booked for this show.
  • Guided Tours:

    If you'd like to take part in a guided tour, please check the ESO Supernova Online-Calendar if there is already a guided tour scheduled on your preferred day. If so, we unfortunately cannot schedule a tour for you. In case there is no tour scheduled so far, we can usually schedule a one-hour guided tour for your group (the number of participants should not exceed 30). Use the booking form below to book a guided tour for your group.
  • Workshops:

    Workshops are only available on the dates listed below for Kindergarten & Primary Schools or for Secondary Schools starting from grade 5. Dates that cannot be found in the corresponding date list cannot be booked. This also applies to dates further in the future. As soon as these dates are released, this will be published in the education newsletter. If you would like to book a planetarium show and/or an exhibition tour in addition to a workshop, please make sure that there are enough places available in the planetarium or that we can offer a guided tour on that day (see previous points above). The number of participants in a workshop should not exceed 30. We cannot offer parallel workshops, nor can we host them back to back. Use the booking form below to book the appropriate activities for your group.



Important Information:

  • Our exhibition area is very large covering 2200 square metres and the planetarium shows are not only visited by your class/group. In order to be able to comply with the supervision obligation, we therefore expect one accompanying person for every 10 children/teenagers.
  • Please plan sufficient breaks for all activities.
  • We are only a small team handling approximately 9000 pupils per year. We try to process your request as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, it may take up to a week before we can send you a response.