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Indoor yet out-of-this-world fun with our new autumn programme

You can now make online reservations for planetarium shows until the end of the year

31 August 2023

Summer will soon be winding to a close and to ensure that you have many fun indoor activities during the upcoming autumn season, we added new planetarium shows to the ESO Supernova programme. Explore the full activity calendar on our website and secure your tickets either online or at the ESO Supernova reception.

The activity calendar can be browsed here and we are delighted to share the latest programme awaiting you in the weeks to come.

Our collection of planetarium shows has grown with the addition of two mind-blowing offerings, both available in English and German: the family shows 5000 Eyes: Mapping the Universe with DESI and Black Hole: First Picture. The former immerses viewers in the ground-breaking scientific endeavour known as DESI, which uses 5 000 robots to chart the nearby Universe and shed light on dark energy – the mysterious force propelling the expansion of the cosmos. The latter delves into the captivating tale of one of the most remarkable scientific feats in recent times, which enabled us to “see the unseeable”: the first image ever of a black hole, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope — a global network of observatories including the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment (APEX), co-owned and co-operated by ESO.

While the minimum suggested age for both these new shows is 10 years, we have something special in store for our younger visitors as well, with a brand-new children's show launching in November. Keep an eye out for further updates!

In addition to these new shows, our autumn programme will also offer other types of engaging activities. The ESO Supernova will once more resonate with live music, as three concerts are scheduled before the end of the year – stay tuned for more details in the forthcoming weeks! Moreover, commencing in mid-December, we will host a new temporary exhibition about the pioneering James Webb Space Telescope of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency.

We also warmly invite you to visit The Living Universe, our free-of-charge permanent astronomy exhibition that will take you on an interactive discovery journey across all major topics in astronomy. The minimum recommended age to explore the exhibition is 6 years, and we suggest allowing at least 1.5 hours for the visit.

The ESO Supernova will close for the winter break on 23 December, with the final shows scheduled for Friday, 22 December.

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, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 06 900

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