ESO Open House Day 2017

On Saturday 21 October, ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany, opened its doors for the yearly Open House Day. In conjunction with other facilities based on the science campus in Garching, ESO invited visitors to experience first-hand its work as the world’s leading ground-based astronomy organisation.

Before the doors had even opened at 11:00, people were waiting outside, eager to experience all the different activities available. In total, a record-breaking 5600 people seized the opportunity to have their questions answered by experienced astronomers and to see what’s going on at an organisation at the forefront of astronomical research. The programme included live experiments (like the comet-making experiment here), guided tours, an exhibition on the ESO observatories, talks from ESO scientists, and a live connection to the ESO observatories in Chile. Visitors could also test some of the interactive demonstrations which will be on display in the exhibition of the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre.

ESO is already looking forward to the Open House Day 2018, which will also include the new ESO Supernova.

To view more photos from the event, visit our Facebook album. If you participated in the Open House Day 2017 and took pictures, we invite you to share them on the Your ESO Pictures Flickr group.

Credit:

ESO/P. Horálek

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