For Planetariums

Free Material

ESO Supernova is the world's first open source planetarium and likes to share. The materials that ESO develops for ESO Supernova is available to other planetariums, who can freely download it:

  1. 3D models
  2. ESO Fulldome stills
  3. Fulldome clips and shows from ESO and the community
  4. ESO 360 degree panoramas incl. 360 x 180 degree panoramas
  5. Fulldome clips at ESA/Hubble
  6. Music archive
  7. the IAU constellation charts
  8. Full planetarium shows.

    1. ESO is extremely proud to present From Earth to the Universe v2, an improved and updated version of the full-length show directed by Matsopoulos. It takes the viewer on a journey of celestial discovery, from the early theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to a look at today’s most impressive telescopes. Version 2 features: improved image quality; higher resolution star maps; new video footage of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) courtesy of thefulldome expedition; a new 3D model of the Milky Way and much more!

    2. A new full-length show also directed by Matsopoulos has just been released: The Hot and Energetic Universe, which delves into the natural phenomena related to high energy astrophysics, a key field of research in astronomy.
      The planetarium and artistic communities at large have contributed several other full-length planetarium shows:

    3. Two Small Pieces of Glass; where two students learn the history of the telescope — from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The show was made by Interstellar Studios the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i and Carnegie Science Center for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

    4. Dark: The Movie; which explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the invisible 80% of the mass of the Universe. Dark was funded jointly by iVEC, Scitech and iVEC@UWA, and was directed by Peter Morse.

    5. Sunstruck; which explores how the Sun came to support life on Earth, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away. This NASA funded fulldome planetarium show was created at the Michigan Science Center.

    6. The Dark Matter Mystery; which addresses the question of what holds the universe together. What, in fact, are the constituents of the so called Dark Matter?
      This show was made by Laupheim Planetarium.

    7. Distant Worlds - Alien Life? (Originally “Ferne Welten - fremdes Leben?”); a film exploring one of the most enduring questions in astronomy — are we alone? This fulldome film was produced by a consortium of German planetariums. The show was directed by Björn Voß from Münster Planetarium.

    8. Sentient; an artistic work by students of the Art and Science Immersive Media class in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. This is an immersive experience which investigates the creative, perceptive, and unexplored mind. Credit goes to students from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

    9. The Unknown Between; an artistic work by students of the Art and Science Immersive Media class in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. This is an immersive experience which explores the moment between wakefulness and sleep. Credit goes to students from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

    10. Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015

    11. Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016

    12. Phantom of the Universe

    13. Seeing

    14. Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe

    15. Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds

  9. The Data2Dome project. Also see the IPS Data to Dome pages.
  10. Planetarium community white papers: 
    - Christensen, L. et al., 2016, The Data2Dome Project — A consolidated, data-driven content distribution system, The Planetarian (DRAFT)
    - Rößner, M., Christensen, L.L. & Ganter, C., 2016, Characterizing Fulldome Planetarium Projection Systems — The Limitations Imposed by Physics, and Suggestions on How to Mitigate, for IEEE (Paper I)  (DRAFT)
    - Christensen, L., 2016, Characterizing Fulldome Planetarium Projection Systems II The Planetarian (DRAFT)
    - The Astronomy Visualization Metadata (AVM) standard. IPS 2016 talk.
  11. Highres (6-20 kpixels) Exhibition Illustrations for our exhibition Living Universe.
  12. Highres (UHD) Exhibition Videos for our exhibition Living Universe.
  13. Fulldome clips for Video Jockey-ing (VJ) use
  14. VR movies: these 360 x 180 degree immersive experience movies are a new product type that can be used with Virtual Reality (VR) glasses like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Google Cardboard. 
  15. Live new web cameras break new ground by providing the world’s first live observatory views: ALMA and Paranal are presented in razor-sharp 4k fish-eye images for use in planetariums around the world. Here are all webcam images. Here is the latest ALMA 4k fisheye image. Here is the latest Paranal webcam image. The refresh rate is roughly once an hour. 
  16. The ESO video archive with 3000+ free high-res videos
  17. The ESO image archive with 12000+ free high-res images

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