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Greenlit: Scanning the Skies: The Discovery Channel Telescope, Discovery Channel

Scanning the Skies: The Discovery Channel Telescope (1 x 60′) – This one-hour special documents the construction of the cutting-edge Discovery Channel Telescope, based in the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, from conception to first light.

The film focuses on the planning and construction of this state-of-the-art telescope and features interviews with Dr. Jeff Hall, Director of Lowell Observatory and other Lowell astronomers about their mission to bring the latest discoveries from our solar system into every living room, classroom and social networking site. Now that the telescope is finally online after a decade of construction, visitors to Discovery’s news website, Discovery News, will be able to join astronomers for live coverage of night-sky events and get the latest, amazing discoveries from the Discovery Channel Telescope. The telescope will further amaze and fascinate with each new insight by uncovering the mysteries of what’s beyond Neptune in our solar system, the Milky Way, small galaxies and other celestial objects.

In addition to the premiere of this one-hour special, Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, will bring videos, images and research from the Discovery Channel Telescope to classrooms around the globe. Through its partnerships with school districts worldwide, Discovery Education will provide teachers with lesson plans and resources to ignite students’ curiosity and help them learn about astronomy and science. This initiative will take educators and students beyond the classroom with webinars, virtual field trips and interactions with experts in this field.

The Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is the fifth-largest telescope in the continental United States and one of the most technically-sophisticated ground-based telescopes of its size. Measuring at 78 feet tall and weighing more than six tons, the telescope resides at the Lowell Observatory in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona at an elevation of 7,760 feet. The telescope aims to study a range of research topics for partnered universities including Boston University, the University of Maryland and the University of Toledo. With its groundbreaking ease and speed to quickly navigate different part of our solar system, the telescope represents a new dawn for science education and new ways to learn about our universe.

Channel: Discovery Channel

Producer: Discovery Studios / Lone Wolf Documentary Group

TX: 9th September 2012

Source: Discovery press release

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