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PBS Explorer Collection: Stargazing [5 Discs] [DVD]
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Special Features

  • Closed Captioned


Seeing in the Dark
Timothy Ferris' PBS documentary Seeing in the Dark explores the process of stargazing. In lieu of focusing on science-heavy astronomical details, Ferris eliminates a narrator, and presents a series of extended, majestic glimpses of the universe through a telescope -- a protracted visual meditation on stargazing. The filmmaker also devotes a healthy amount of on-camera time to the expostulations of devoted stargazers, who discuss what motivates them to visit their telescopes on a nightly basis, the joy obtained from the practice, and observations made about the universe from the terrestrial end of the telescopic lens. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

400 Years of the Telescope
In the 400 years since Galileo turned his spyglass to the skies and discovered that Jupiter has four moons, and since that time telescopes have provided us a better understanding of space and how it works. In those days, many thought that Earth was the center of the universe. But we've come a long was since the 17th Century, and in this documentary, filmmakers explore the history of the telescope from the time of Copernicus to the development of the Hubble telescope. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Journey to Palomar
This documentary explains how George Ellery Hale went about constructing the Hale telescope that sits at the Palomar Observatory. The filmmakers utilize archival footage, interviews with scientists, and images from the telescope itself to tell the tale. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

NOVA: Hubble's Amazing Rescue
This documentary from the long-running Nova series follows the story of the scientists and astronauts who came together to save the legendary Hubble space telescope -- a vital tool in the realm of space research -- which found itself foundering and in need of a near miracle from the scientific community to keep it operational. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

NOVA: Telescope: Hunting the Edge of Space
A documentary produced by NOVA and issued to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the legendary Hubble Space Telescope, this film evaluates the myriad of ways in which that instrument has modified mankind's comprehension and conception of its place in the universe. The program canvasses the various advancements in the technological evolution of the scope over the years, before examining a new generation of even more massive and ambitious telescopes, that will seek to answer new questions. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Timothy Ferris - Narrator
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