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400 Years of the Telescope

Premier :: 2009-01-06

on PBS

Genre :: Documentary

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Documentary created for the International Year of Astronomy. Footage showing images from space taken by observatories around the world. A tour through the evolution of telescopes since Galileo's first astronomical observations, and how the telescope has changed our perceptions of the cosmos and ourselves.

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Series 1 - Episode 1 - 400 Years of the Telescope
Aired - 06 January 2009

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An American documentary film that chronicles the history of the telescope from the time of Galileo and features interviews with leading astrophysicists and cosmologists from around the world, who explain concepts ranging from Galileo's first use of the telescope to view the moons of Jupiter, to the latest discoveries in space, including new ideas about life on other planets and dark energy, a mysterious vacuum energy that is accelerating the expansion of the universe.

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