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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
December 2014

Dear Fellow Communicators,

On behalf of ESO and ePOD, we wish you Merry Holidays and a Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful 2014, with successful and rewarding outreach activities. Get ready for another exciting year, as there are many opportunities to celebrate astronomy in 2015!

One of them is Hubble’s 25th anniversary! We have prepared several activities to mark the event, including Ode to Hubble, a competition open to the general public, and an image unveiling campaign, in which we invite science centres across the world to apply to receive a huge Hubble image in printed form and organise an event around its release to the public. More information will soon be made available.

At the same time, the year 2015 is the International Year of Light. The International Astronomical Union is coordinating several cornerstone projects under the Cosmic Light umbrella, which you are welcome to join or organise your own events!

With these exciting opportunities in mind, let’s enjoy the last days of 2014 and the holidays that are approaching. We have several outreach gifts for you:

As always at this time of the year: if you are looking for gifts for your dear ones, we invite you to have a look at the cosmic goodies in our ESOshop — beautiful mounted images, warm apparel, and the brand new ESO calendar. This year Santa arrived in early December with an extraordinary gift to ESO — green light for the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope, yet another reason to look forward to 2015!

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together,

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

  ESO Announcements

CAPjournal Issue 16 Now Available — The IAU’s journal on Communicating Astronomy with the Public

4 December 2014: The 16th issue of Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal is out now! In this issue you will find articles discussing the value of science communication training for scientists, the ...

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Connect with ESO in your Language — Joint initiative with volunteers to open translated social media accounts

1 December 2014: Friends of ESO can now connect with the organisation on social media platforms available in their native language. Together with volunteers, ESO has started making ESO’s latest news available ...

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Catch a Star 2015 Contest Now Open

28 November 2014: School students from around the world are invited to take part in the European astronomy contest Catch a Star. To participate students must submit a written report on an astronomical ...

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Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way — ESO’s first short fulldome planetarium show

26 November 2014: ESO is pleased to present Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way, its first short fulldome planetarium mini-show produced in-house. The mini-show is available for previewing and as a ...

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Astronomical Art in Santiago

18 November 2014: From 28 November 2014 until 18 January 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago in Chile will display the exhibition “Bajo Presión” — Under Pressure. Eight international artists will ...

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Winners of Second ESO Astronomy Camp Bursaries Announced

14 November 2014: The second ESO Astronomy Camp will take place from 26 December 2014 to 1 January 2015 at the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, located in ...

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ESOcast: 70: Green Light for E-ELT Construction

4 December 2014: The European Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT for short, will be by far the largest optical and near-infrared telescope in the world. In early December 2014 the ESO Council gave ...

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