# mm+ | eso supernova planetarium and visitor centre

ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre

Garching near Munich/2013

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a 15-nation intergovernmental research organisation for astronomy with headquarters in Garching close to Munich. ESO is building and operating some of the biggest and most advanced telescopes (optical, as well as radio, gamma-ray and x-ray) in the world, all of which are situated in the Atacama Desert in Chile. On the extraterritorial grounds of the ESO Headquarters a visitor centre is planned in order to communicate the latest astronomical findings as well as to introduce the methods and technological equipment ESO is using to observe the southern sky. In addition to the planetarium an exhibition is suggested that leads the visitors from the historical context of astronomy to the complex facts and unresolved research challenges of today. The exhibition creates an awareness of the present-day relevance of astronomy and brings the outer space closer to the broad public.