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Imiloa Astronomy Center
Buhl Planetarium
Interstellar Studios

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Two Small Pieces Of Glass

The IYA 2009 History of the Telescope project

While attending a local star party, two teenagers 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.

movie frameGaileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. Through these observations the Italian philosopher-scientist concluded that the heavens were not perfect and immutable: he observed lunar mountains, phases of Venus, Jupiter's moons, and even sunspots. His two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed.

movie frameTelescopes have advanced considerably since Galileo's time. Humanity now has large observatories and even a couple in outer space. Two Small Pieces Of Glass shows how telescopes work; and how astronomers have used them to scrutinize the structures within our cosmos.

movie frameComplemented with spectacular imagery of Saturn's rings, beautiful stellar nurseries and the spiral structure of galaxies, Two Small Pieces Of Glass shares the way telescope development has helped us understand our place in space.

movie frameThis show was created in 2009 for the International Year of Astronomy, and was widely distributed for the cost of encoding and media. We're making it available that way too — see the LICENSE PRICES AND ORDERING page for details.

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Running time: 22:45
Suitable for: General Public
Information about: History of telescopes, astronomy, universe.
Year of production: 2009

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