Beginning with a dramatization of the nightly work of an astronomer at the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the documentary film shifts to focus on the workings of the universe. A journey to the stars is depicted in animation and takes the viewer to the boundaries of the heavenly bodies: the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Pluto, to the farthest regions of space beyond the reach of the strongest telescope, past the Sun and the Milky Way into unfathomed galaxies. Written by
Did You Know?
'Stanley Kubrick' viewed this film and was used as a template for the special effect shots used in his 2001: A Space Odyssey
(1968). He used the same panning camera effect for creating his planets. He even hired narrator Douglas Rain
to voice the computer HAL. See more
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