For Planetariums and Science Centres

Free Material

ESO Supernova is the world's first open source planetarium and likes to share. The material that ESO develops for ESO Supernova is available to other planetariums, who can freely download it and use it under a Creative Commons free license:

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Material for science centres

  • Exhibition panels: Fully layouted, available as pdf and InDesign file.
  • Exhibition panels: In html format, available in English and German.
  • Kiosk Apps: Working on any PC with a screen and Chrome browser connected to the internet; bilingual in German and English.
  • High-resolution exhibition images, all under CC (up to 50,000 pixels width)
    1. ESO image archive
    2. ESO Supernova image archive
    3. ESA/Hubble image archive
  • Videos, animations and vodcasts (up to UHD resolution)
    1. ESO video archive
    2. ESO Supernova video archive
    3. ESA/Hubble video archive
  • VR movies: can be used with Virtual Reality (VR) glasses like Zeiss VR One, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Google Cardboard.
  • ESO Virtual Tours incl. tours in VR.
  • Music archive
  • 3D models
  • Source code repositories for interactive applications developed by the Heidelberger Institute for Theoretical Studies
  • ALMA and Paranal webcams in 4k resolution, fish-eye. The refresh rate is roughly once an hour.
  • IAU constellation charts
  • Planetarium material

  • Fulldome clips and shows from ESO and the community. The technical specifications are described here.
  • 3D models
  • ALMA and Paranal webcams in 4k resolution, fish-eye. The refresh rate is roughly once an hour.
  • ESO Fulldome stills
  • ESO 360 degree panoramas incl. 360 x 180-degree panoramas
  • Fulldome clips at ESA/Hubble
  • Music archive
  • The Data2Dome project: Also see the IPS Data to Dome pages.
  • Planetarium community white papers
    1. Christensen, L. et al., 2016, The Data2Dome Project — A consolidated, data-driven content distribution system, The Planetarian (DRAFT)
    2. 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)
    3. Christensen, L., 2016, Characterizing Fulldome Planetarium Projection Systems IIThe Planetarian (DRAFT)
    4. The Astronomy Visualization Metadata (AVM) standard. IPS 2016 talk

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  • Planetarium shows

    Important: before downloading large fulldome files, please read the advice on this page

    Show Summary Produced by Length
    From Earth to the Universe v2 ESO is extremely proud to present an improved and updated version of the full-length show directed by Theofanis 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 ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) courtesy of the fulldome expedition; a new 3D model of the Milky Way and much more! ESO, Theofanis N. Matsopoulos 31m40s
    The Hot and Energetic Universe This full-length show, directed by Theofanis Matsopoulos, delves into the natural phenomena related to high energy astrophysics, a key field of research in astronomy. AHEAD 29m38s
    Europe to the Stars This show takes the viewer on an epic journey behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory in the world, revealing the science, the history, the technology and the people. ESO 31m22s
    The Sun, Our Living Star Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. ESO, Theofanis N. Matsopoulos 24m43s
    Two Small Pieces of Glass The show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.

    Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i, Interstellar Studios, Carnegie Science Center

    Dark: The Movie The show explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the invisible 80% of the mass of the Universe. iVEC, Scitech, iVEC@UWA, Peter Morse 20m00s
    Sunstruck The show 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. NASA, Michigan Science Center 20m58s
    The Dark Matter Mystery The show addresses the question of what holds the universe together. What, in fact, are the constituents of the so-called Dark Matter? Laupheim Planetarium 38m30s
    Distant Worlds - Alien Life? (Originally “Ferne Welten - fremdes Leben?”) The night sky is effectively a view of infinity; could alien life exist out there somewhere? This film investigates the conditions required for life, beginning with planets and moons in our Solar System and venturing out to some of the newly-discovered exoplanets orbiting other stars. Potentially habitable exoplanets are now being discovered regularly - worlds that are not only very far away, but also strange and unfamiliar. What could life on these worlds look like? What are the chances of encountering intelligent life in the future and how might we detect it? Planetariums Münster, Bochum, Kiel, Mannheim, Osnabrück & Wolfsburg 52m30s
    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. Massachusetts College of Art and Design 34m23s
    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. Massachusetts College of Art and Design 22m56s
    Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015, 2016, and 2017 Each year the Royal Observatory Greenwich creates a short planetarium presentation to show off some of the winners from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. In 2015 entries from 59 different countries around the world have made the competition bigger than ever, with the images covering everything from spellbinding aurorae to beautifully intricate galaxies millions of light-years distant. Royal Observatory Greenwich 14m15s, 27m08s, 05m20s
    Phantom of the Universe From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent cosmos, Phantom of the Universe is a new fulldome planetarium show designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, Michigan State University, IFIC at University of Valencia 27m29s
    Seeing The show follows the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before travelling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina. ZEISS, Koenig Films, Mirage 3D 26m35s
    Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds It shows how our perception of our place in the Universe has changed and how the discoveries of exoplanets we made in the last decades even surpassed the dreams of science fiction authors. The Swiss Museum of Transport Planetarium, NCCR PlanetS, ESO 30m27s
    Uncharted Domain - MassArt College 2017 This mesmerizing fulldome video is the final 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, produced during the 2017 Spring semester. Massachusetts College of Art and Design 29m07s
    Einstein's Gravity Playlist Join Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them. Montana State University 22m41s