Star Men Documentary Shines at Caltech

Monday, September 12, 2016 | 9:44 pm

Four exceptional astronomers, Caltech’s late Professor Sergeant, Lynden-Bell, Griffin, and Woolf celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a return road trip in the southwestern United States. This charming documentary recaptures their youthful adventures as they recount life, the universe, and everything under the stars in one of the most exciting periods in astronomy’s history.

In old age and facing death, their journey through memory and the breathtaking landscape provokes them to reflect on how their profound work on the universe has reflected back on the individual, affecting their sense of religious faith, how life may have purpose, and what is knowable and unknowable

Filmed in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, the film features POV narration, and draws a character-driven, intimate portrait of friendship as the men travel from the century-old telescope on Mt. Wilson through a progression of larger and more powerful observatories. They pause at the Grand Canyon, and re-take a hike that nearly defeated them when they were young.

The Star Men Documentary screening will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm in the Beckman Auditorium at Caltech Pasadena. The Director, Alison Rose, and scientists, Donald Lynden-Bell, and Nick Woolf, will be at the screening and a Q&A will follow.

Caltech is located at 1200 East California Boulevard in Pasadena. Visit https://www.caltech.edu/content/museiquesummertime for more information.

 

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