Four of the world’s most distinguished astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship with a road trip through the southwestern United States, discussing and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Recapturing youthful adventures and recounting each other’s influences on the most exciting period in astronomy’s history, they share roots from a time following Russia’s launch of Sputnik, when the U.S. accelerated their space program. The four British astronomers spent a formative year together in California in the early 1960s. Star Men looks at how the work of these men has shaped our understanding of the universe and our humble place in it. Tracing the major discoveries in astronomy in the 20th century through these four men, director Alison Rose also explores friendship and mortality-and the fleetingness of our lives played out under the stars.
Director Alison Rose and subject Prof. Donald Lynden-Bell will be in attendance for Q&As at all screenings.
Join folks for a special Family Day screening on Monday, February 15, at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free for those 16 and under.
Co-presented by the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (U of T) and Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.
THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON
A popular hit in our Doc Soup series, The Last Man on the Moon tells the story of Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan. One of only three men who travelled to the moon twice, Cernan’s second trip in 1972 was NASA’s final lunar mission. Now, more than 40 years later, he is ready to share his epic and deeply personal story. It is a tale of fame and burning ambition set against the spectacular environment of space. Combining rare archival material, compelling visual effects and unprecedented access to Cernan and the other former astronauts, The Last Man on the Moon is a stunning look at one person’s role in humankind’s greatest adventure.