Virtual tour of the ESO

from the 9th grade

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We head to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, one of the driest regions on earth. There, on Cerro Paranal, a 2600 meter high mountain of the coastal range, stands the most modern optical astrophysical observatory in the world. Since 1998, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has been providing unparalleled scientific data and grandiose views of the universe. The 2019 (exoplanets) and 2020 (black hole at the center of the Milky Way) Nobel Prizes in Physics would not be conceivable in this form without the technically outstanding instruments and decades of projects by numerous research groups at the VLT. We will visit this Olympus of modern astronomy virtually, learn more about how modern astrophysics works today and how astronomers, technicians and engineers from all over the world work and live in this remote region of the Earth. Finally, we will explore the southern night sky, look into the center of our Milky Way and discover famous constellations like the Southern Cross or the Centaur. Finally, we will also pay attention to the companion galaxies of our Milky Way, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.
After the visit, there will be an opportunity for discussion with Peter Habison, astronomer and ESO Science Outreach Delegate for Austria.
An ESERO offer in collaboration with the Science Outreach Network of the European Southern Observatory in Austria.

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Technical requirements for the implementation in class:

  • stable internet connection
  • Microsoft Teams or Zoom
  • Laptop with webcam, microphone and speakers
  • Projector
  • Smartphones or other devices for using Mentimeter

Technical requirements for implementation in Distance Learning:

  • stable internet connection
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Laptop or stand computer with webcam, microphone and speakers
  • optional: smartphones or other devices to use Mentimeter
School level Secondary level II
Format dialogical virtual tour
Duration 1 lesson
School subjects Physics, natural sciences, technology, geography
Fee free