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The front of the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre, being built in Garching next to the ESO Headquarters, will offer its visitors a contemporary, interactive exhibition on modern astronomy, as well as the possibility to enjoy digital full-dome planetarium shows and guided tours. This first rendering from 2013 shows the front of the building in its early design stage, as visitors will see it, when they first arrive at the ESO Headquarters. The two main structural elements contain a large empty cylindrical room — the Void — suitable for special exhibitions, and a modern digital planetarium. Both are connected by a long, winding path, which contains the exhibition area of the building.