ann18019 — Announcement

Observe the Sun at the ESO Supernova

25 May 2018

On Sunday 10 June, Sunday 15 July and Wednesday 15 August, a brand new family activity called Solar Observations will be hosted at the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. Come along to see the Sun like never before thanks to equipment provided by the Amateur Group for Astronomy Projects at ESO (AGAPE). Using a telescope shielded by a filter that acts like a very effective pair of sunglasses, you will discover the details of the surface of the Sun, including sunspots. Even if no sunspots are visible due to low solar activity, you will still have the opportunity to see a stunning view of the Sun using a telescope equipped with another special filter.

The Sun is the closest star to Earth. Its light and warmth allows life on Earth to evolve and thrive. Although the Earth orbits the Sun at a seemingly huge distance of approximately 150 million kilometres, the Sun doesn’t look like a twinkling point of light like the other stars in the sky. Instead, it looks like a bright shining ball of gas with an apparent size similar to the Moon. For this reason the Sun is currently the only star whose surface structures can be studied by amateur astronomers.

Solar Observations is free of charge and is suitable for families with children over six years old. It will take place four times in German and three times in English, with 40 places available at each session. More information about the activity, as well as the link to book places for both the German and the English sessions, can be found here. Places should be reserved before arrival and tickets can be printed inside the centre.

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre opened its doors to the public on 28 April 2018. To see the full range of activities on offer and to book a place at any forthcoming events, please use the following link.

More Information

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cooperation between the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The building is a donation from the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), a German foundation, and ESO runs the facility.

Links

Contacts

Tania Johnston
ESO Supernova Coordinator
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 061 30
Email: tjohnsto@eso.org

Oana Sandu
ESO ePOD Community Coordinator & Communication Strategy Officer
Tel: +49 89 320 069 65
Email: osandu@partner.eso.org

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English-language version of the publicity poster for "Solar Observations"
English-language version of the publicity poster for "Solar Observations"
German-language version of the publicity poster for "Solar Observations"
German-language version of the publicity poster for "Solar Observations"