es2405 — Organisation Release

Planetarium shows are now bookable until end of 2024

Many shows for the school holidays are available for booking!

13 June 2024

The schedule of planetarium shows through the end of the year 2024 is now published. Visitors interested in coming to our centre in the next months can now book their planetarium tickets online.

Planetarium shows are now open for booking until the end of 2024. You can check the available shows online (planetarium shows are displayed in blue; language is indicated by a flag icon), then make your reservation by selecting the desired show and seats before paying for the tickets.

Among the shows you can now book are:

  • Black Hole: First Picture follows a journey of human perseverance, ingenuity, and imagination encapsulates a historic milestone in science visualization and discovery – witnessing a phenomenon widely believed to be unobservable: a black hole.
  • The Dark Side of Light will take you on a journey of the discovery of the challenges posed by unnecessary artificial illumination.
  • Little Major Tom: Into the unknown is a family adventure space story following two teenage friends, Tom and Stella, astronaut trainees. 
  • The Planets — Expedition into the Solar System remains one of our most popular shows and takes you on a trip to discover the wonders of our cosmic neighbours through the eyes of space voyagers.
  • In Captain Snoop's Space Trip our youngest visitors can travel with Captain Snoop and his friends on a trip around our solar system.

Information on more of our shows for a variety of all ages is available on our website. New planetarium shows will be added to the programme in the next months, also. 

The ticket for a planetarium show costs €6,50/person. We recommend buying tickets online in advance of your visit as our shows tend to book fast, especially at the weekend. However, it's worth checking for tickets, even at the last minute, as there are sometimes some still available, especially during the week. Even if there aren't any planetarium tickets left you are still welcome to visit our astronomical exhibition for free.

In addition to the standard planetarium shows, don't miss the opportunity to attend one of our Kosmisches Kino events, which combine planetarium visuals with a talk by a researcher from the ORIGINS Cluster of Excellence. The next one is taking place on Thursday, 11 July, at 19:00. 

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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”.


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Fly over ESO Headquarters
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