Mueller Planetarium hosts April 4 premiere of NET’s telescope documentary

Apr 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: April 2, 2009, Arts & Entertainment, Issue

Mueller Planetarium, in partnership with NET Television, will present a preview of the documentary “400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought” at noon and 4 p.m. April 4. The preview is part of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

The film offers a journey chronicling the history of the telescope from the time of Galileo, its profound impact on the science of astronomy, and how both have shaped the way humans view themselves in the midst of an infinite universe. The 25-minute preview screenings are open to the public. General museum admission (free for faculty, staff, students and their immediate family) will be required. The documentary is slated to air on NET-2 at 7 p.m. April 13. For additional air dates, go to www.netnebraska.org.

The International Year of Astronomy celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the telescope to reveal the unseen heavens to humanity. This presentation is offered in conjunction with the 100 Hours of Astronomy cornerstone event April 2-4. Also participating in the “100 Hours” project is Hyde Memorial Observatory. For more information, go to www.hydeobservatory.info/.

To create “400 Years of the Telescope,” the Interstellar Studios production team traveled across five continents to interview leading astrophysicists and cosmologists who explain concepts ranging from Galileo’s act of revealing the cosmos with a simple telescope, to the latest discoveries in space, including startling new ideas about life on other planets and dark energy – a mysterious vacuum energy that is accelerating the expansion of the universe.

Mueller Planetarium is part of the University of Nebraska State Museum (Morrill Hall). For more information, go to www.museum.unl.edu.

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