A glimpse on Uganda and its education system
The account of a journey
Discussions on the relation between science and religion
Words by many promising students
A viewpoint on the importance of sharing astronomy
Stories of integration and acceptance between different ethnicities, cultures and beliefs
Hands-on games and activities to explain the cosmos
English, Spanish and Italian subtitles, and more languages soon to come.
A (very partial) list of what you can find in “In the Land of Beauty”
Enjoy our second documentary!
Solar observation activity. Credits: GalileoMobile / Megha Bhatt
By María Dasí Espuig
When a day was sunny we included a solar observation activity. We projected the image of the Sun on a piece of white paper, using the telescope. On a day when no sunspots are seen, the projected image just looks like a circle of light. During our two weeks in India, however, a huge group of sunspots developed on the Sun. On the circle of light we could see the group of sunspots as dark blobs. We even managed to see the details of the sunspots’ structure! Although I am a solar physicist, I had never done solar projection before since I usually work with satellite images … sad to say because, oh I will remember this day. I never thought it would be so exciting! No need of special equipment or instruments. Just a simple telescope and a piece of white paper and there it was! This activity also had an impact on the children, who were learning about sunspots for the first time and did not expect to see anything on the projected image of the Sun. I was showered with questions during the activity and was delighted to see their interest.
(This tiny story is part of the “Khagol Rath: GalileoMobile in India” photo-book that depicts GalileoMobile’s expedition to India back in 2012. You can download the book here.)
Galileo Galilei concept design. Credits: GalileoMobile / El Birque Animaciones
By Jorge Rivero González
When we were planning our first documentary movie – Bajo un Mismo Cielo – we decided that we wanted to open it with an animated short film aimed at showing the importance that astronomy had on ancient civilizations around the world as well as being appealing to children around the world. In addition, as the International Year of Astronomy 2009 commemorated the 400th anniversary of the birth of modern astronomy, we wanted to highlight the action that made it possible: the pointing of a telescope to the sky for the first time by Galileo Galilei in 1609.
The animated short film combines both classical and stop-motion techniques in order to discriminate between the scenes from the tour around astronomy on ancient civilizations and from Galileo’s studio, respectively.
One of the most difficult decisions that we faced was the design of Galileo itself. Here you can see one of the latest Galileo’s concept design. We tried to go further away from the image most people had from him, which probably comes from one of his famous portraits, and try to get a more cartoonish approach so we could connect better with children.
You can now watch the Short History of Ancient Astronomy animated short film here.