In the hustle and bustle of our cities we often forget to stop and enjoy the quiet beauty that surrounds us. So let’s take a break together! 

Paul Salazar, entrepreneur and hobby astronomer, brings you along on a voyage among the stars. Discover hidden stories about our universe and ponder with us about the small and grand things in life. 

Join our Stargazing Party at the ESO Supernova and embark on a TEDxTUM Adventure with us!

Discover your universe: What to expect

With this TEDxTUM Adventure, we want to take you on a starry night journey. Enjoy an evening at the ESO Supernova together with urban astronomer Paul Salazar and discover the secrets of our night sky!

The “Discover Your Universe” adventure is planned to take place on the optimal stargazing day of 11 August 2021. 

At a glance

Date & Time

FINAL DATE – Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 8-11pm (approx.)

This adventure is heavily dependent on the weather conditions. Wednesday, 11 August 2021 and Friday, 13 August 2021 are backup dates. If all dates are unsuitable for stargazing, the adventure will take place indoors at the ESO Supernova on Thursday, 12 August 2021. Attendees will be informed latest 2 days prior to the final adventure date.

Location ESO Supernova
Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2, 85748 Garching bei München
Program Enjoy an enticing night of stories and stargazing, guided by Paul Salazar. You’ll get a chance to explore the fascinating space of the ESO Supernova, including a show in the planetarium and the modern interactive exhibition!
COVID-19 Measures

We take your health and safety seriously. The number of attendees is strictly limited to the capacity of the ESO Supernova under the current COVID-19 regulations. 

  • Wearing FFP2 masks (attendees aged +16 years ) is compulsory in the ESO Supernova (age 6-15 years: mouth-nose-cover mandatory; below age 6 years: mouth-nose-cover recommended).
  • As an additional safety precaution we require all attendees to provide verification of the ‘3G-Regel’. This includes either a negative test result (PCR within 72 hours, antigen within 48 hours), a certificate of vaccination or a proof of recovery.
  • Please provide a document of identification (ID, passport) on the day of the event

In case of non-adherence on the event day we will not be able to permit you access and the ticket will not be refunded. For further COVID-19 policies please refer to our Term & Conditions.

Language The official event language is English.
Term and Conditions See our Terms & Conditions to learn about general rules and our cancellation policy
FAQ Any questions? Check our FAQ‘s or send us an email to

ESO Supernova

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cutting-edge free astronomy centre for the public located at the site of ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, providing you with an immersive experience that will leave you in awe of the Universe we live in. The ESO Supernova provides school classes and families with an unforgettable learning experience, where even the most abstract and distant topics in astronomy and physics are explained and visualised in an innovative way.

Credit: ESO/P. Horálek

Paul Salazar

Entrepreneur and amateur astronomer Paul Salazar sits at a cross-section of different paths in life. Stemming from Mexican and Armenian roots, he’s a native of Los Angeles. His 30-year software and tech career led him up the California coastline to Silicon Valley before diverting across the globe to Munich, Germany. Despite Paul’s journeys across our planet, he’s always had his eyes on the skies. His passion for astronomy is something that he wants to share with the world around him. A natural teacher, he wants to not only improve the world but enrich it; it is Paul’s ultimate goal to use his knowledge, passion, and zest for the stars as a driving force for minds (young and old) around him. Paul is a storyteller, an optimist, a traveler, a sidewalk astronomer, a coffee-drinker.

In his TEDxTUM 2019 talk, he shows us how looking up to the night sky and exploring it as a group can help us to better understand the universe – and our place in it.


The adventure date is Wednesday, 11 August 2021.
Should the weather conditions change the event will be moved to an alternative date of either 11 August 2021 or 13 August 2021. If all dates are unsuitable for stargazing, the adventure will take place indoors at the ESO Supernova on Thursday, 12 August 2021. Attendees will be informed latest 2 days prior to the event.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, 24 July 2021, 4pm. 

Please carefully read through our COVID-19 measures to ensure a safe and smooth event!

To ensure a small group size, we are only selling a limited amount of tickets. So, don’t wait too long to grab your ticket. If you can’t attend the adventure yourself, you can transfer your ticket to someone else. 

Please check our Terms & Conditions for more information.


Thanks to our generous partner, we can provide a high-quality event. If you’d like to get involved, please contact us.