Available now at 400 Years of the Telescope is a gorgeous, almost 3 minute long video trailer for the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first telescopic observations of the cosmos.
The trailer uses beautiful images of cosmic features, some in almost 3D. A 27 Mb .m4v file, it’s worth the download. The web page itself carries some execrable writing, luckily the trailer doesn’t. I snipped the first 32 words from the next sentence:
… astronomers, historians and science writers will produce a yearlong innovative set of integrated visual experiences, celebrations, and public education and outreach program. An initial component is a high-definition public television broadcast, followed by a companion full dome planetarium program that will weave technology, science, and the human experience together, and launch viewers into a world of discovery via the Internet and science centers nationwide. The video production and planetarium program will be translated into many of the world’s most commonly spoken languages for international distribution. We hope that everyone will be inspired to look at the skies and appreciate the journey of discovery that began with Galileo’s simple act of gazing through two small pieces of polished glass.
The trailer for our production, 400 Years of the Telescope, is now online.
One location that seems to feature heavily in the trailer is Mauna Kea in Hawaii. I’m in the midst of negotiating a trip to Hawaii later in the year, as I’ve been invited to teach a course in Honolulu. It’s my aim to visit Mauna Kea if the trip actually happens.