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Telescopes at La Silla Observatory. Photo from ESO.

Europe to the stars

Go on a journey behind the scenes of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the most productive ground-based observatory in the world, revealing the science, the history, the technology and the people. Discover the history of ESO, the scientific discoveries that have been made by ESO, and the technology that is used in the worlds biggest telescopes.

This movie focuses on the essential aspects of an astronomical observatory. Learn how astronomers find the best locations to place telescopes at, how the telescopes are built, and the mysteries of the Universe that are discovered using them.

This is a show if you are curious about...

  • The history of modern European ground-based astronomy
  • How an astronomical observatory works
  • The technology that goes into modern telescopes
  • Astronomical discoveries made by Europe

      This show is suitable for:

      • Teens and adults 

      Through collaboration with planetariums around the world we are able to offer this show in English, German, and Spanish. 

      Europe to the stars. Trailer from youtube.


      The Planetarium is a collaboration between The Faculty of Science, Lund Observatory, the Department of Physics and the Faculty of Engineering LTH.

      Page Manager: Vattenhallen Science Center | 2021-08-17