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Jan
10

Black Hole Apocalypse

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PBS NOVA
Black holes are the most enigmatic and exotic objects in the universe. They’re also the most powerful, with gravity so strong it can trap light. And they’re destructive, swallowing entire planets, even giant stars. Anything that falls into them vanishes…gone forever. Now, astrophysicists are realizing that black holes may be essential to how our universe evolved—their influence possibly leading to life on Earth and, ultimately, us. In this two-hour special, astrophysicist and author Janna Levin takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of black hole science. Along the way, we meet leading astronomers and physicists on the verge of finding new answers to provocative questions about these shadowy monsters: Where do they come from? What’s inside? What happens if you fall into one? And what can they tell us about the nature of space, time, and gravity?

Footage provided to Southpaw Productions LLC, producer of this made-for-TV documentary.

Watch the full documentary at PBS NOVA


Oct
16

LIGO-SAAO Binary Neutron Star Merger

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On August 17, 2017, for the first time in history, gravitational waves generated by two merging neutron stars were detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO). And for the same event, gamma ray, x-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, and radio observations were recorded.

This world-wide collaboration of more than 70 observatories and hundreds of research institutions opens the new era in multi-messenger astronomy. The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Southern Africa Large Telescope (SALT) located in Sutherland, South Africa, played a prominent role in this historic astronomical event.

This short film provides an interview with Head of SALT Astronomy Ops, Petri Vaisanen, and Itumeleng Monageng, PhD candidate University of Cape Town.

Watch the film | Watch other films about LIGO | Watch other films about the SAAO


Sep
05

“Song of the Stars” on PBS Member Stations

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Song of the Stars aired during the summer of 2017 on these PBS Member Stations, reaching nearly 20% of the United States PBS audience, an estimated several million individual viewers.

Augusta / Allendale, SC – SCETV/WEBA
Charleston, SC – SCETV/WITV
Charlotte / Rock Hill, SC – WNSC
Cincinnati, OH – WCET ARTS
Columbia / Sumter, SC- WRJASCETV/WRJA
Columbia, SC – SCETV/WRLK
Columbus, OH – WOSU
Fairbanks, AK – KUAC
Flint/Saginaw, MI – WDCP
Greenville/Spartanburg SC – SCETV/WNEH
Greenville/Spartanburg SC – SCETV/WNTV
Greenville/Spartanburg, SC – SCETV/WRET
Idaho Public Television, ID – KAID
Idaho Public Television, ID – KCDT
Idaho Public Television, ID – KIPT
Idaho Public Television, ID – KISU
Idaho Public Television, ID – KUID
Las Vegas, NV – VegasPBS KLVX
Los Angeles San Bernadino, CA – KVCR
Memphis, TN – WKNO
Memphis, TN – KNO-2
Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC – SCETV/WJPM
Myrtle Beach/Florence/Conway, SC – SCETV/WHMC
Orlando, FL – WEFS
Salt Lake City – UT – KUEN
San Antonio TX – KLRN
San Francisco / San Mateo, CA – KCSM
San Francisco/Cotati, CA – KRCB
Savannah / Beaufort, SC – SCETV/WJWJ
South Carolina Channel, SC – SCETV/WNSC
Spokane / Pullman, WA – KWSU
St Thomas, VI – WTJX


Feb
07

“LIGO Detection”

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Every day we read the headline news in which ‘Scientist claim …’ and ‘Scientist discover …’ and ‘Scientists report …’ But what does it mean to make an extraordinary claim? What goes on behind the scenes, long before the newspaper or journal article hit the street, before the web article goes live? In this, the 3rd film about LIGO, we investigate what unfolded between September 14, 2015 and February 11, 2016 when LIGO announced it had detected the merger of two black holes in a distant galaxy.

On February 7, 2017 New Scientist hosted the exclusive premiere for LIGO Detection. The film is now available via the National Science Foundation’s Roku channel, national PEG TV, and the NSF Science360 web platform and iPad app.

This film was funded by the National Science Foundation, Caltech, MIT, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Jan
28

“Song of the Stars”

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Over the Sun, LLC was in the fall of 2015 engaged by Dr. Paul Sutter, astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, and Artistic Director Cassia Cramer of the Seven Dance Company, to produce a feature film of the one-time live performance of Song of the Stars.

In this original fusion of science and dance, you will travel through the vast cosmos, witnessing the first stars sparking a revolution from total darkness, the fatal love of two galaxies, and a cataclysmic death that brings hope to a new generation.

The March 2016 Kickstarter campaign successfully raised $25,000. On April 21, Over the Sun’s Kai Staats, Leonardo Buono, Joe Chilcott, and Colleen Cooley captured the one-time live performance at the Capitol Theatre, Columbus, Ohio. On Saturday, January 28, 2017 the film, edited by Kai Staats with an original musical score by Joe Chilcott premiered at the Gateway Film Theater in downtown Columbus, Ohio, as announced on News Channel Fox28..

To learn more, visit www.songofthestars.org