Hidden Universe

Synopsis: An extraordinary journey deep into space offering fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Russell Scott
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for the stars.

And up the mountain is the

telescope we have all come to use.

It's called the "VLT".

The Very Large Telescope.

So we're not exactly that

great at coming up with names,

but that's exactly what it is.

A very large telescope.

Make that four

very large telescopes.

VLT operator

and mountaineer, Lisa Tura,

is here to prepare

the telescope.

On her days off,

you'll find Lisa scaling the

highest peaks of the Andes.

So she is unfazed by the task

of calibrating these gigantic,

and sometimes

temperamental, machines.

When you

operate the VLT,

you have to treat it

with the utmost care.

One miscalculation

can throw out

an entire night's


Its instruments

are so sensitive

that even your body's temperature

can affect the readings.

So we need to be

extremely thorough

every time we start it up.

The VLT is one of the biggest

optical telescopes in the world.

It has a 27-foot mirror that

acts like a giant light bucket,

capturing as much

light as possible.

This main mirror

reflects and focuses the

light up to a second mirror,

then down to a third mirror

in the middle of a telescope.

And finally,

into instruments on

the side of the VLT.

Once Lisa

has finished her calibrations,

the VLT can see objects

four billion times fainter

than those detectable

by the human eye.

For me, music will always

play a big part in my life.

But when I'm about to look up

and see distant objects that

no one else has ever seen,

I know I've made

the right choice.


the night's viewing begins,

everyone must

leave the building.

The VLT demands

total darkness.

As I said, temperamental.

Every speck of man-made light

has to be shut out.

Even the tiniest bit could ruin

the observation for that night.

As the Earth spins,

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Russell Scott

Russell Scott (June 30, 1921 – August 27, 2012), also known as Blinky the Clown, was an American clown and television personality and presenter who starred in a Denver, Colorado television program called Blinky's Fun Club. Having spent 41 years on television in character, Scott holds the record as longest-running television clown in history, as well as the longest running children's television host in the United States. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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