Changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic!

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the corresponding restrictions such as physical distancing, it is not possible to book the ESO education program at the moment. Please find information about the measures in place here.

At the moment it is not possible to visit the exhibition with larger groups (more than 6 persons), because the architectural conditions and the  CODID-19 measures do not allow to keep the minimum distance for larger groups. Keeping physical distance and wearing a mouth-and-nose cover is also obligatory for school groups.

Currently no shows are scheduled in the planetarium. We are working on the implementation of the measures requested by the authorities, similar to those for theaters and cinemas. As a consequence, the planetarium will have a reduced number of seats available for the visitors. Whether the planetarium will be able to accommodate more than 20 people is still open. You can find out when and with what restrictions screenings will take place in the planetarium again in our announcements on our website or in our newsletter.  

Our workshops are designed for inquiry based learning. The experiments are therefore conducted by working in groups or pairs. Unfortunately, this contradicts the current measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, so that we cannot offer workshops until further notice.

We hope that the COVID-19 situation will ease up again next year and that we can offer the educational program as usual. A booking or reservation for a date in 2021 is not possible. How our educational program normally looks like and how to book it normally, you can read below:

For Kindergarten and Schools

The ESO Supernova is offering an extensive educational programme for Kindergarten groups starting from age 4, and both primary and high school classes. Unfortunately, we cannot offer workshops to day-care groups, after-school childcare or holiday programmes.

All the various subjects that the programme deals with are curriculum orientated, and are brought into an astronomical context and connected with the latest discoveries and developments at the European Southern Observatory. In this way ESO is bringing cutting edge science into the classroom, encouraging inquiry around curriculum based learning.

What is the education programme?

The educational programme consists of an age-appropriate tour of the exhibition that ranges 2200 square metres, a planetarium show and an age-appropriate workshop. Each part of the programme lasts approximately one hour for primary and high school students, and approximately 30 minutes for Kindergarten. Therefore you can plan approximately three hours for the entire educational programme (for Kindergarten approximately 1.5 hours). You can, of course, book only parts of the educational programme. The duration of the individual workshops can be found in the booking request (see below).

May I and my group just watch a planetarium show?

If you and your Kindergarten or school group only want to visit the planetarium, go to the ESO Online Calendar and look for a planetarium show you'd like watch on the day of your choice. If there are still enough places available, send an email education@eso.org tellling us the desired number of places and the name/address of your school and we will arrange the booking for you. Use the same email address if you would like to have an additional planetarium show. In most cases we can squeeze in a show from Wednesday to Friday (outside the holiday periods) at 10:00, 11:30, 14:00 or 15:30 if:

  • we don't have this show in the programme of this day yet,
  • no other show is being shown at the planetarium at this hour.

On which days is the education programme offered?

The ESO Supernova is offering the educational programme from Wednesday to Friday, but not on public holidays. During school holidays you can also book the educational programme as head of a school class or kindergarten group.

How many people can take part?

To have an worthwhile experience the number of participants should not exceed 30. If you arrive with more people, we will form two groups and hold a workshop with each group one after the other. At the same time, the other group will explore the exhibition on their own.

How much does it cost?

The workshops, the entrance of ESO Supernova, the exhibition and the planetarium shows are all free of charge. Donations are very welcome.

How to find a date?

Please select only from the dates marked in green below. Dates coloured in red are not available. Since we distribute the dates according to the order in which the application is received and we need a few days to process them, it is possible that an appointment has already been allocated, although it still appears free here. Therefore, please indicate an available alternative date in the booking form. Please do not ask for dates in 2021, they are not yet available.

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How to arrange the schedule of your visit?

The schedule of your visit depends a lot on the starting time of the planetarium show you’ve chosen. These times are fixed. The schedule of the other two parts (tour & workshop) of the educational programme can be arranged. You’ll specify your wishes regarding the schedule when booking via the online form.

How to book the education programme?

  • Planetarium show only: Send an email to education@eso.org with the desired date and name of the show as well as the exact number of tickets required. We will take care of the reservation!
  • Planetarium show, guided tour of the exhibition and workshop: Please fill out the online form below and submit it to ESO Supernova. Without this form we cannot deal with your booking request. We’ll check your request as soon as possible and come back to you later on. Please note that your educational programme will only take place if you have received a confirmation email from us.