Two Small Pieces of Glass
The Amazing Telescope
While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.
While looking through the astronomer's telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.
Visuals will include actors green screened into a computer graphic star party environment with a variety of telescopes used by amateur astronomers. As the program progresses the show uses video and full dome imagery to present the story of the telescope and the astronomers who used them to make their dramatic discoveries. All skies and full dome video will transport the planetarium audiences to some of the largest observatories in the world, as well as places of historical significance. The soundtrack was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.
The planetarium show will be produced in 2 formats:
Traditional Planetarium Show
This version of the program will be distributed on DVD's featuring stills, video
clips, audio, all skies, script, and other resources for non-digital planetariums.
It will be distributed FREE to all planetariums — regardless of affiliation —
including International Planetarium Society members in mid-January of 2009. To
become an IPS member, please visit our website.
Digital Full Dome Show
This version will be distributed as dome-masters with audio in several languages. Dome-masters will be made available in 1K, 2K, and 4K sizes. Audio will be available in WAV and AC3 file formats. The digital full dome version will be made available at a small cost to cover hard drives, re-mastery, and shipping expenses. The program will be available in mid-January of 2009. Planetariums interested in acquiring the digital full dome version should complete the request form.