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Ben Lawrie  |  London  |  UK

SEEING STARS

1x60' BBC, TX 2011

Around the world, a new generation of astronomers are hunting for the most mysterious objects in the universe.  Young stars, black holes, even other forms of life.

They have created a dazzling new set of supertelescopes that promise to rewrite the story of the heavens.

This film follows the men and women who are pushing the limits of science and engineering in some of the most extreme environments on earth.

 

Most strikingly of all, no-one really knows what they will find out there.

cosmic rays

final sequence

“Thrilling.”

“A fascinating look into a nocturnal coffee-fuelled world where stars that twinkle are a scientific problem that needs solving.  It was fabulous TV that left me feeling much better informed.”

“Even viewers who struggle with science will be charmed.”

“This fascinating film follows the men and women who are pushing the limits of science and engineering in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.”

“This is one of those films which stirs a pure sense of wonder”

“A film about the ‘ongoing renaissance in telescope construction’ may sound like a tough sell, but the combination of stunning photography, mind-boggling science and quaintly prosaic terminology (the biggest telescope in the world is called the VLT – Very Large Telescope) proves irresistible.  In scenes guaranteed never to make you take the accumulation of knowledge lightly again, assorted boffins assemble telescopes while dealing with altitude sickness, film dying stars from the back of a moving jumbo and splash some $6.5 billion in the process.  The fact that they don’t really know what they’ll find out doubles the risk, but also the appeal.”

“Fascinating… this hour-long documentary did a superb job of de-jargoning what is a complex subject.”

“An understated documentary which is light on graphics and moving parts, but rich with genuine discovery and scientific intrigue.”

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