Seeing Stars

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Horizon, 2011-2012 Episode 2 of 15

Duration: 1 hour

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 super-telescopes 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. But most strikingly of all, no-one really knows what they will find out there.

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  • James Webb Space Telescope

    James Webb Space Telescope

    Blake Bullock from Northrop Grumman. Standing in front of a replica of the James Webb Space Telescope sunshield, Hubble's successor.

    Northrop Grumman
  • European Southern Observatory - ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array)

    European Southern Observatory - ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array)

    A 28-wheeled transporter carries a giant telescope antenna up to an altitude of 5,058m in the Andes in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

    ALMA
  • European Southern Observatory - The Very Large Telescope

    European Southern Observatory - The Very Large Telescope

    The biggest and best optical instrument ever created - one of the individual telescopes making up the VLT, the Very Large Telescope at an altitude of 2,635m in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

    The Very Large Telescope

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Ben Lawrie
Director
Ben Lawrie

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