es2002 — Organisation Release

The July - December programme at the ESO Supernova

regular planetarium shows can now be booked online

30 April 2020

The ESO Supernova programme for the period of July – December is now available online. Our regular planetarium shows can be booked using our online platform. As the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic becomes clearer, we will announce other activities, such as talks, concerts and other family activities.

For now, the programme features our regular shows screened in the ESO Supernova’s state-of-the-art digital planetarium. In the following months, we will announce a new array of special events, including talks, workshops, concerts and another new planetarium show.

The current shows feature crowd favorites such as Out There — The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds, the story of how human curiosity has driven us to look outwards for millennia, to discover and explore new and distant worlds; The Planets 360 — a show that fuses science, music and art into a 360° spectacle that brings the Solar System to life; and Europe to the Stars, an epic journey behind the scenes at the European Southern Observatory. 

For audiences as young as 4 years, we have a series of educational shows such as The Skies Above Us, investigating the Earth-Moon-Sun system, A Tour of the Solar System designed for students aged 8–11 years, but also the family cartoon show The Amazing Adventures of Rosetta and Philae, that promises to entertain and educate children and adults alike.

Other shows suitable for a great family out day are From Earth to the Universe, a stunning 30-minute voyage through space and time, and The Planets — Expedition into the Solar System, a show that reveals the wonders of our cosmic neighbours through the eyes of these space voyagers.

Along with our regular shows, The Living Universe exhibition will be open to visitors who wish to explore, touch, use real astronomical artefacts and conduct experiments to get an idea of what it means to be an astronomer, to work in science, and to discover the mysteries of the Universe. The exhibition can be seen for free in a self-guided tour.

To book a place at any of these shows, follow this link, and explore the marvels of the Universe from here on Earth!

More information

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cutting-edge astronomy centre for the public and an educational facility, located at the site of the ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München. The centre hosts a digital planetarium with a tilted, 360-degree dome, 14 metres in diameter, and an interactive exhibition, sharing the fascinating world of astronomy and ESO to inspire coming generations to appreciate and understand the Universe around us. All content is provided in English and German. Entrance to the exhibition is free and requires no prior booking. For planetarium shows, guided tours and other activities, visitors need to book and pay for their tickets online. For more details visit: 

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.

ESO Supernova is proudly supported by: LOR Foundation, Evans & Sutherland, Sky-Skan and Energie-Wende-Garching.


The Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS) was created in 1995 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015). It is one of Europe’s largest privately funded non-profit foundations. The Foundation promotes the advancement of the natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science, and strives to raise appreciation for these fields. The Foundation’s commitment begins in kindergarten and continues in schools, universities, and research facilities. The Foundation champions new methods of scientific knowledge transfer, and supports both development and intelligible presentation of research findings.


The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on processing, structuring, and analysing large amounts of data. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.


ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory by far. It has 16 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, along with the host state of Chile and with Australia as a Strategic Partner. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope and its world-leading Very Large Telescope Interferometer as well as two survey telescopes, VISTA working in the infrared and the visible-light VLT Survey Telescope. Also at Paranal ESO will host and operate the Cherenkov Telescope Array South, the world’s largest and most sensitive gamma-ray observatory. ESO is also a major partner in two facilities on Chajnantor, APEX and ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, close to Paranal, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope, the ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.



Tania Johnston
Head of ESO Supernova

Oana Sandu
ESO Community Coordinator & Communication Strategy Officer
Tel: +49 89 320 069 65

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