es2106 — Organisation Release

January shows can now be booked online

ESO Supernova opens the week following New Year

10 December 2021

If you want to start the New Year on a positive note, you should know that you can already reserve weekend tickets for the ESO Supernova planetarium shows scheduled in January. For now, only a quarter of the capacity can be booked, but more places will be added in case state-wide restrictions are reduced.

In 2022, the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre will open its doors on 5 January, following a couple of weeks of maintenance closure that start on 20 December 2021. Because we want it to make it as easy as possible to make plans in advance, ESO Supernova has already published its January programme and tickets to its shows can be booked in advance.

The number of seats is currently limited to 27 per show, as we expect to continue operating with restricted capacity through January. However, if some of the restrictions are lifted, we will be able to make more seats available later on.

We anticipate the 2G+ regulation will also still be in place in January. Under the 2G+ regulation, visitors above the age of 12 can only be admitted if they have been vaccinated or recovered AND they can provide evidence of a certified rapid antigen test (valid for 24 hours) or a PCR test (valid for 48 hours). Visitors under the age of 12 are exempt from the 2G+ rules, but a proof of age is required. Please make sure to read the latest updated information on our restrictions page before visiting.

To see the schedule of the shows, please access the ESO Supernova Calendar.

Some highlights for the month of January include:

  • Beyond the Sun, a show in which a little girl learns how to search for new worlds and enjoys the delights and mysteries of exoplanet hunting;
  • Unseen Universe, an exciting look at cutting-edge astronomy, explores the Universe far beyond our human senses;
  • Out There — The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds, a show about the fascinating diversity of alien worlds;
  • The Amazing Adventures of Rosetta and Philae, the animated story of landing on a comet and exploring it up-close;
  • The Planets — Expedition into the Solar System, a trip to discover our cosmic neighbours through the eyes of these space voyagers;
  • From Earth to the Universe, a journey out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of myriads of galaxies.

A ticket to a show also allows you to enjoy a self-guided visit of the ESO Supernova’s exhibition, The Living Universe.Take your time to stroll around and learn more about general astronomy, life in the Universe, and how we observe the Universe using ESO facilities. 

If the show you are interested in is already sold out, you can check back for tickets later, as we might be able to add more seats per show. Make sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter for up-to-date announcements.

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 b. München, Deutschland

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Saturn in the planetarium
Saturn in the planetarium