es2304 — Organisation Release

Exciting Spring Programme at the ESO Supernova

The latest range of planetarium shows available from April to June

3 March 2023

We are delighted to announce that our April–June 2023 programme is now available for booking online.

The April–June programme features new additions to the exciting range of shows in the ESO Supernova’s state-of-the-art digital planetarium. The new programme is now available online and bookings can be made for all public events. Tickets are available either online or at the ESO Supernova reception.

The Easter and Pentecost school holiday programmes are now bookable, as well as shows on the public holidays on 18 May and 8 June. We are delighted to be showing Planetarium Laupheim's "Captain Schnuppe's Space Travel", an entertaining and informative show perfect for our youngest visitors. Another new addition to the programme from April is "Satelix", a show which illustrates how satellite technology affects our daily lives, without us really realising.

The ESO Supernova offers a captivating variety of planetarium shows in both German and English which explore a range of topics. Responding to demand from our visitors, we are now offering at least one English language show per month at the weekend. There are also English shows scheduled on the public holidays. Translation headsets are available at the reception, allowing almost any show to be enjoyed in either German or English, the only exceptions to this are "A Tour of the Solar System" and "The Skies Above Us", which are both presented fully live in the language stated on the programme. Also, "Captain Schnuppe's Space Travel" is only available in German. 

In addition to these events, you can visit our exhibition, which is free of charge!  Our permanent astronomical exhibition allows visitors to explore, touch, and use real astronomical artefacts and conduct experiments to get an idea of what it means to be an astronomer discovering the mysteries of the Universe. We recommend allowing at least 1.5 hours to explore the exhibition.

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
Tel: +49 89 320 06 900

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The Butterfly Nebula in fulldome
The Butterfly Nebula in fulldome