Beyond the Red
Commissioned by the European Space Agency in 2008, this is a series of three educational films centred on the science of the Herschel and Planck missions. In the first film “Short Waves, Long Waves” astrophysicist and organist Dominique Proust from the Paris Observatory explains the Electro-Magnetic spectrum, drawing a parallel between sound spectrum, all the while performing two pieces written by William Herschel, after whom the Herschel mission is named.
The other two films go deeper into the Herschel and Planck science. Herschel Science features astro-chemist Ewine van Dishoeck and astrophysicist Floris van der Tak on the beach in Scheveningen (the Netherlands), building a Herschel space craft out of sand with sculptor Martijn Rijerse. Again William’s Herschel’s music provides the background.
Planck Science is led by cosmologist Vincent Icke and the music is by William Zeitler, composed for and played on the magical Glass Armonica.
The films were distributed to over 20,000 schools in Germany as a DVD inside a thematic issue of the popular science magazine “Sterne und Weltraum” in 2008.
[Lightcurve Films for European Space Agency; 06:47 min., 11:07 min., 10:31 min.; Oct. 2008]