As part of Espace pour la vie’s 2019 programming, the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan is presenting its brand-new film Horizon, which probes the mysteries surrounding the genesis of the universe and what lies beyond the boundaries of the visible. Premiering November 7, Horizon gets to the bottom of space and time exploration by examining the discoveries of historical figures who observed the heavens in search of answers about the mysterious world that surrounded them. This desire to understand the universe is a perfect fit with the theme Trace the History of Evolution that Espace pour la vie is delving into this year. The film, which is a wonderful blend of science, art and emotion, will pique the curiosity of the amateur astronomer in all of us.
HORIZON (PREMIERING November 7, 2019)
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Scanning the horizon in search of answers
Since time immemorial, humankind has sought to learn what lies in the hidden part of our vast universe. Little by little, scientific discoveries are revealing its secrets and pushing back the frontiers of the observable universe. Horizon explores the question of the expansion of the universe established by the astronomer Georges Lemaître and demonstrated by the discovery of cosmic background radiation—the first light in the universe. In a fulldome screening at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, the film tells the story of the great astronomers of the 20th century and their roles in the evolution of cosmology, from an Earth-centred static universe to a potentially infinite one that has been evolving ever since the Big Bang.
Directed by Hiromitsu Kohsaka under the supervision of Eiichiro Komatsu, director of the department of physical cosmology at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany, Horizon won a number of awards in Europe in 2018, including:
- Best film – Fulldome Festival Brno (Czech Republic)
- Best documentary – Minsk International Fulldome Festival (Belarus)
The French version of the film was produced with the help of the team at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. You can watch the trailer here.
Trace the History of Evolution
In 2019, Espace pour la vie will be exploring nature and biodiversity through the lens of evolution. How have phenomena taking place over thousands of years resulted in the fascinating history of life on our planet? A complex, exciting story to investigate and discover!
Espace pour la vie is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Biodôme, Insectarium, Jardin botanique and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada’s largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, encouraging all of us to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.- 30 -