Catch a Star 2007

"Catch a Star!", an international competition for school students organised by ESO - the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere - and the European Association for Astronomy Education, returns for its fifth year. Students from all over the world are welcome to take part.


  • This competition is closed. Find out more about ESO's current educational material and activities on our education pages!


"Catch a Star!" is a competition in which school students write articles or create artwork about their chosen astronomical topics.

Something for everyone...

"Catch a Star!" includes more than one competition, so there is something for everyone, no matter what their level. An aim of the programme is to encourage students to work together, learning about astronomy and discovering things for themselves by researching information.

Catch a Star Researchers can win major travel prizes...

Teams of up to three students can write a project about a chosen topic in astronomy, by choosing an astronomical object such as a nebula, star, planet, or moon, or a more general theme such as black holes or star formation. They research this theme, and discuss how large telescopes such as those of ESO can play a part in studying it. The most important goal is to develop an interest in science and astronomy through investigation and teamwork. Winning entries are chosen by an international jury. For teams from Europe and Chile, there are major travel prizes such as a trip for the winning team to visit ESO's Very Large Telescope facility on the Paranal mountaintop in Chile.

...or Catch a Star Adventurers can take part in the lottery

There is also another section in which the prizes are awarded by lottery. Again, students can write a project about a chosen astronomical topic. This part of "Catch a Star!" is aimed at, but not limited to, larger groups such as whole classes working on joint projects, younger students, or students who do not wish to write their entries in English.

Catch a Star Artists can enter the artwork competition

Alternatively, send us your artwork for the "Catch a Star!" drawing and painting competition, with prizes awarded with the help of a public web-based vote.