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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
February 2017

Dear Fellow Communicators,

For us here at ESO spring is coming early with a bit of spring-cleaning of our most dusty strategies. It’s always hard to find time to be strategic alongside the operational flow, but I think it is important in the long run to keep sharpening our senses, and to follow the ever-changing communication landscape.

If you happen to be in Venice, Italy between now and 17 April 2017, we invite you to visit the Our Place in Space ESA/Hubble exhibition. This project is a travelling exhibition designed to get you thinking about where humanity fits into the grand scheme of our Universe.

Astronomers and artists present their own interpretations of where we are, where we belong, what our past might have been and what our future might look like, by using Hubble images, artworks and installations. The exhibition can in principle travel to other locations. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition please email us.

The Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference 2018 facebook page is now up for this conference in Fukuoka, Japan, 24–28 March 2018.

For our planetarium friends, we have new fulldome clips online. Check them out!

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together!

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

  ESO Announcements

Win a Trip to Paranal with the Photo Nightscape Awards 2017

27 January 2017: ESO is now inviting submissions for the fourth Photo Nightscape Awards (PNA) —  an international competition for astrophotographers. As a partner in the competition, which is organised by the Association Française ...

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Girls’ Day Event at ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany

20 January 2017: On 27 April 2017, ESO will participate in Germany’s Girls’ Day activities, in which technical enterprises, universities and research organisations open their doors to female school students to give ...

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ESOcast 95 Light: How Big is a Star? (4K UHD)

8 February 2017: It’s hard to comprehend the sheer size of objects in space , but let’s give it a try!

ESOcast 94 Light: Celestial Cat Meets Cosmic Lobster (4K UHD)

1 February 2017: A new image from ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope gives a very detailed view of the star formation regions NGC 6334 and NGC 6357, often called the Cat’s Paw Nebula and ...

ESOcast 93 Light: Kick-off for Mirrors and Sensors for Biggest Eye on the Sky (4K UHD)

18 January 2017: ESOcast 93 Light takes a quick look at four important contracts that were placed for big parts of ESO's Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) at a ceremony on 18 January 2017 ...

ESOcast 92 Light: ALMA Starts Observing the Sun (4K UHD)

17 January 2017: The ALMA telescope has been used to study the Sun for the first time. It is also the first time that an ESO facility has been used to study our ...

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Upcoming Exhibitions

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

23 - 24 March 2017: Annual Danish teachers’ conference Big Bang. Odense, Denmark.

24 - 28 April 2017: HANNOVER MESSE 2017. Hannover, Germany.

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

20 - 31 August 2018: IAU General Assembly. Vienna, Austria.

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