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ESO Supernova Public Newsletter
24 April 2020

Dear visitors and supporters,

Sadly, the COVID-19 situation means that the ESO Supernova has been closed since the beginning of March and we are missing our visitors very much. You can keep up to date with the current status on our website.

Although our team is all working from home and we don’t have our “normal” work to do, we are still keeping busy creating more content for our Facebook page to feed your passion for astronomy and give you some ideas for activities to try with your children. We encourage you to follow us!

We are also planning for the future, and staying hopeful and positive about a time when we can again offer you more great shows in our planetarium. As such, we’re very happy to announce the latest show to be added to our collection: “ Beyond the Sun ”. The planetarium show is suited to children as young as 5, but promises to engage and entertain audiences of all ages.

Of course, during this period of closure, the ESO Supernova is, like many other visitor attractions, losing income from ticket sales. The income we normally generate allows us to keep the entrance to our exhibition free and to offer our education programme for free to all school groups. It is still possible to help our mission by donating online, or maybe you’d like to buy some of our nice products in the online shop. We have a great selection of books, merchandise and apparel to choose from.

And, finally, we are celebrating our 2nd birthday! Can you believe that we have been operating already for 2 years now! We would have loved to be able to celebrate in some way at the ESO Supernova, but since that is not possible at the moment, we invite you to help us celebrate with an online competition .

We hope all our visitors and supporters are keeping healthy and look forward to being able to welcome you at the ESO Supernova again, as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you all for your continued interest and support!

Tania Johnston
Head of ESO Supernova


  ESO Supernova Press Releases

New at the ESO Supernova: “Beyond the Sun” Planetarium Show — The story of a little girl who explores the Universe to find exoplanets, now available in German

24 April 2020: The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre programme will feature a new show called “Beyond the Sun”, focused on the delights and mysteries of exoplanet hunting.

  ESO Supernova Announcements

Drawing competition to celebrate two years of ESO Supernova

24 April 2020: On 28 April 2020, we celebrate two years since the ESO Supernova opened its doors to the public. Our anniversary comes at a time when the centre is closed due ...

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Summer AstroCamp 2020 applications open soon

31 March 2020: Applications for the ESO-supported Summer AstroCamp 2020 will open on 1 April 2020. AstroCamp is an academic programme in the field of astronomy and physics, organised by the Centre for ...

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ESO Supernova Temporary Closure

28 February 2020: In light of the global spread of COVID-19, and as a purely precautionary measure, the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre in Garching, Germany, will remain closed until at least ...

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