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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
June 2018

Dear Fellow Communicators,

The summer months are here and we are enjoying some well-deserved sunny days in Munich. Though we’re thinking of holidays, we are still buzzing with activity, both at our Headquarters and in Chile.

We have successfully opened the first temporary exhibition inside the ESO Supernova — Our Place in Space. If you are in Munich any time from now until 2 September 2018, we invite you to visit the exhibition. Meanwhile, you can see a few photos here, if you scroll down the page a bit.

On 30 June we partner with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics to host our own Asteroid Day event. Come along to the ESO Supernova for a full day of family-friendly activities, including interactive demonstrations, hands-on experiments and engaging science talks.

Next, we are preparing to introduce the Europe to the Stars planetarium show into the ESO Supernova programme. The first show will run on Friday 22 June, and it is already fully booked. In parallel, we are finalising The Sun, Our Living Star — a visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives. It will be introduced in September, but online bookings are possible now. Both of these shows will be released as free downloads on our website.

We would also like to give you a heads-up and tell you that the outreach campaign for the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse at La Silla will soon be launched.

Finally, we invite you to follow Suzanna Randall on Facebook and Twitter. Suzanna is an ESO employee who has been selected as a new trainee under the Astronautin initiative, which aims to train the first female German astronaut and send her on a research mission to the International Space Station. We are proud of her and wish her the best of luck!

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together!

Lars Lindberg Christensen (
Head, ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)

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