I have just found myself in possession of a DVD called Eyes on the Skies. I watched a few minutes of it just now and it looks very interesting. It seems that anyone can get a copy. Eyes on the Skies is a book and a movie that is freely available for public events carried out by educators, science centres, planetariums, amateur astronomers etc. It has been produced for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by ESA and the IAU.
It explores the many facets of the telescope — the historical development, the scientific importance, the technological breakthroughs, and also the people behind this ground-breaking invention, their triumphs and failures.
Dr. Joe Liske, an astronomer from the European Southern Observatory hosts the 60 minute movie. He can also be seen on the Hubblecast video podcast. The DVD contains subtitles in several languages. If you would like to get hold of a copy for your local astronomical group, school, museum or other public event then visit the website or simply email ESO and ask.
The Eyes on the Skies book is available in English, German, Finnish and Korean.
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