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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
July 2018

Dear Fellow Communicators,

We are excited to announce our outreach campaign for the La Silla Total Solar Eclipse in 2019! We have prepared a series of activities on site in Chile and online that will allow you to enjoy this fantastic natural phenomenon.

On 13 July we opened the sale of tickets for the 300 available places to view the eclipse from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. They disappeared surprisingly fast, but if you did not manage to get a ticket, we have a few other opportunities for you:

  • On the occasion of the eclipse, we are organising the second #MeetESO social media gathering. Several lucky social media enthusiasts will get free entrance tickets to La Silla Observatory to witness the Total Solar Eclipse — #LaSillaTSE.

  • If you are a national of an ESO Member State, you can win a trip to La Silla to witness the total solar eclipse.

  • Media representatives can apply for the limited number of free media passes at La Silla Observatory.

  • ESO will offer a number of Chilean students and elderly people the unique opportunity to witness the total solar eclipse from La Silla for free.

  • We plan to stream the event online and host events in locations throughout Europe, including the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre in Garching bei München, Germany.

We plan to issues calls for each of these activities, so follow our dedicated webpage, subscribe to our newsletter and look for our messages on social media via #LaSillaTSE.

While we are talking about eclipses: If you are based in Munich, we invite you to witness the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Come to the ESO Supernova on 27 July and take part in our dedicated activities. Check out availability and book your tickets.

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together!

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

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