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October 2016

Dear Fellow Communicators,

After a brilliant Indian Summer here, autumn has arrived in force in Garching. September is keeping us busy organising the ESO Open House Day. If you are in the Munich area on 22 October, we invite you to visit us at our Headquarters in Garching bei München. We open our site for visits only once a year, at least until 2017 when we open the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre!

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre will be the first open-source planetarium in the world. We are working towards this goal by populating our online archives with all the materials we are producing for our planetarium. The most recent additions to our collection are VR movies. These 360 x 180 degree immersive experience movies are a new product type that can be used with Virtual Reality (VR) glasses like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Google Cardboard. The first movie is the amazing CLUES simulation in 16k x 8k format produced by Adler Planetarium. This must be one of the highest resolution VR movies available anywhere (and certainly for free). As usual you will also discover new products in our archives: fulldome clips, 360-degree panoramas, music and more.

On a different note, ESO has taken some steps into the STEAM area (Science Technology Engineering, Art and Maths). You can learn more about this topic on our newly opened web page Art at ESO.

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together!

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

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Winners of the 2016 European Union Contest for Young Scientists Announced

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ESO Open House Day 2016 — See behind the scenes of the world’s most productive ground-based observatory

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Winners of Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 announced

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Science in School: Issue 37 now available

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22 October 2016: Open House Day at ESO

26 December 2016 - 1 January 2017: Fourth ESO Astronomy Camp for Secondary School Students

Upcoming Exhibitions

13 - 14 October 2016: Her Career Fair. Munich, Germany.

19 October 2016 - 1 May 2017: Wie alles begann. Von Galaxien, Quarks und Kollisionen, Naturhistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.

22 October 2016: ESO Open House Day 2016. ESO HQ, Germany.

2 - 6 November 2016: Festival Internacional de Innovación Social 2016. Santiago, Chile.

4 - 6 November 2016: Forscha 2016 – Messe für Kinder und Jugendliche mit Lern- und Erlebnisstationen. Munich, Germany.

26 - 30 June 2017: EWASS 2017. Prague, Czech Republic.

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