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ESA’s ‘Touching the Edge of the Universe’ – UK premier

ESA’s ‘Touching the Edge of the Universe’ – UK premier

9 July 2009

On 12 July the English-language premier of 'Touching the Edge of the Universe', a planetarium show developed by ESA and partners, will take place at the UK's first purpose-built planetarium in the Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham, UK. Two of ESA's major astronomical spacecraft, Herschel and Planck, take the starring role in this new show premiered during the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 marks 400 years since Galileo Galilei first turned his simple optical telescope to the night sky. Using 360 degree projection ‘Touching the Edge of the Universe’ immerses audiences in a journey from the time of Galileo to today’s cutting edge space astronomy missions, Herschel and Planck. During the show viewers experience an entirely new view of the cosmos and see footage shot on location at various ESA Establishments.

‘Touching the Edge of the Universe’ was developed in partnership with more than 30 German-language planetaria across Germany, Austria and Switzerland with digital production expertise from the creative team at the Media Faculty of the Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Kiel, Germany.

The world premier of the show took place on 7 May in Berlin, Vienne and Lucern. Since then, the German-language version of the show has opened in tens of planetaria throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The English-language version will premier to the public on 12 July at the Thinktank Science Museum's Planetarium, Birmingham, UK. To bring the spectacular ‘Touching the Edge of the Universe’ planetarium show to an even wider audience, Spanish and French versions are currently in preparation.

To find out where to see the show and view video clips of ‘Touching the Edge of the Universe’ following the links in the right-hand menu.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-May-2022 23:05 UT

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