es2103 — Organisation Release

Germany’s new 3G rules implemented at the ESO Supernova from 25 August 2021

20 August 2021

In order to continue protecting our visitors and our community, additional COVID-19 measures will be implemented at the ESO Supernova from 25 August 2021, in line with the national recommendations.

To help stave off a potential fourth wave of coronavirus infections, Germany has adopted the 3G rule (geimpft, genesen, getestet — vaccinated, recovered, tested). As a result, the ESO Supernova is implementing new measures for all visitors.

As of Wednesday 25 August 2021, a visit to the ESO Supernova will only be possible with a negative COVID-19 test result or equivalent. Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from the 3G rules.

Visitors have the option to present one of the following types of evidence:

  • A negative COVID-19 test, either a PCR test (not older than 48 hours), or a “quick test” which has been performed by an approved testing facility (not older than 24 hours). You can find an overview of approved test centres near the ESO Supernova here. You should bring with you the test certificate.
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate, showing you are fully vaccinated. The condition for this is that the vaccine has been approved by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (you can find a list here) and that at least 14 days have passed since the last required individual vaccination.
  • Proof of recovery from an infection with the coronavirus that was at least 28 days and a maximum of six months ago and was proven in the laboratory.

In all cases, visitors should also bring a photo ID card or equivalent. Self-tests are unfortunately not accepted. Our staff will not be allowed to let visitors failing to present the above evidence enter the building. For such cases, tickets will unfortunately not be refunded, rebooked or converted into a voucher.

All current COVID-19 measures can be seen on the ESO Supernova website here and visitors are encouraged to read these thoroughly before making a booking. Measures such as distancing and wearing a mask are still valid, even with the implementation of the 3G rules.

While we all struggle with the continuous measures to keep each other safe, we hope that our visitors will continue to be able to enjoy their visit at the ESO Supernova. Our staff is there to support you and make your stay as pleasant as it can be.


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. 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 and Sky-Skan.


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”.



ESO Supernova Planetarium & Besucherzentrum
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 06 900

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COVID-19 safety measures at the ESO Supernova
COVID-19 safety measures at the ESO Supernova