es2202 — Organisation Release

School holiday planetarium schedule now available

Reserve a spot for one of our shows from the August — October programme

20 June 2022

The ESO Supernova Programme from August to October can now be booked online. Over the summer, we have increased the number of shows to make it easier for you to get a ticket at an hour that is convenient for you.

For relief from the hot days of summer and early autumn, we invite you to spend time in the cool Cosmos, where temperatures can reach near absolute zero! Take a trip to visit Earth's neighbours during the show A Tour of the Solar System or choose a longer journey, Beyond the Sun, in search of exoplanets. Book a place for the show Out There to join humanity’s incessant quest to find unfamiliar and extraordinary forms of life that could exist in the mysterious realms of the Universe or learn about cutting-edge astronomy with the show Unseen Universe. You also have the chance to land on a comet and experience The Amazing Adventures of Rosetta and Philae, or embark on a journey of celestial discovery during the show From Earth to the Universe.

See full August - October programme here.

The month of August is also the last chance to catch an exclusive show — Birth of Planet Earth. The film explores some of the world's greatest scientific questions today: how did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? Is its history a sign that we are likely to find worlds that resemble Earth in the future?

If you visit us for a planetarium show, why not make a day of it? Give yourself some time to explore our free astronomy exhibition — The Living Universe. Our interactive and fun exhibits will introduce you to the basics of astronomy, life in the universe, and the scientific instruments we use to observe the universe.

We will soon be announcing a surprise show that will be shown for a very limited time, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter to learn the details as soon as possible.

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
Tel: +49 89 320 06 900

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The Crab Nebula in fulldome
The Crab Nebula in fulldome