We’re delighted to announce that the documentary on LOFAR is now available on the RTE Player and the RTE Player International. This is a documentary where great feats of engineering meet space exploration, where Irish ingenuity from the past meets Irish innovation for the future, to produce a cutting-edge technological adventure film set in rural Ireland. “13,000,000,000 Light Years from Birr” shows how the Irish now unlock some of the universe’s most important secrets.
13 Billion Light Years From Birr follows the construction of the I-LOFAR telescope on the grounds of Birr Castle, which, once completed, will be the most westerly part of a network stretching from Ireland to the town of Bałdy, in eastern Poland, composed of six partner countries and 50 antenna stations spread across the continent.
The network the Irish telescope is now joining will be able to research the origin of the first galaxies, black holes and gas clouds seen at the birth of our universe when the first stars formed – an era beyond the reach of even the biggest optical telescopes. It also opens up the possibility that if there is anybody out there, the first messages may be picked up on an antenna in County Offaly.
Featuring contributions from a stellar cast of Irish and International world of Astronomy.
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – Discoverer of Pulsars, Oxford, UK
Professor George Miley – One of the inventors of LOFAR, Leiden, Netherlands
Professor Peter Gallagher – Head of I-LOFAR, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Professor Mike Garrett – SETI, Jodrell Bank, UK
Professor Anna Scaife – Radio Astronomer, Jodrell Bank, UK
The one hour documentary is made by Midas Productions, and funded by RTÉ and the BAI through the Sound and Vision scheme.