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Subject:	Watch Seeing in the Dark, a film by Timothy Ferris, on PBS Television, September 19 at 8:00 p.m.
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"Seeing in the Dark", a film by 4M Community Alliance member Timothy
Ferris, will air on Public Broadcasting Stations across the USA on
Wednesday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. (check local listings)

Stargazing is the subject of Seeing in the Dark, a 60-minute,
state-of-the art, high-definition (HDTV) documentary written, produced
and narrated by award winning filmmaker, journalist and best-selling
author Timothy Ferris. The program introduces viewers to the rewards of
first person, hands-on astronomy. It is based on Ferris's book, Seeing
in the Dark (Simon & Schuster, 2002), named by The New York Times as one
of the ten best books of the year.

The program features remarkable high-definition astrophotography and
introduces men and women who have seen and captured phenomenal images
within and beyond our solar system and galaxy, both professionals and
amateurs. They include:

Robert Smith, former star NFL running back turned stargazer, Miami,
Florida !

Barbara Wilson, who teaches at a public observatory near Houston, Texas

Steven James OMeara, an artist and astronomy writer who lives in Hawaii

Ron Bissinger, a corporate CEO in Pleasanton, California who hunts for
planets of distant stars

Rob Gendler, a radiologist and deep-space astrophotographer in Avon,

Michael Koppelman, a musician who imaged light older than Earth from his
observatory outside Minneapolis

Debra Fischer, an astrophysicist at Cal Berkeley who works with amateur

The Bisque Brothers, designers of telescope-control software and
hardware in Golden, Colorado

The Seeing in the Dark Web site (pbs.org/seeinginthedark, going live on
September 5th) will enable viewers to print star charts for their time
and location, view video tips on how to get the most out of stargazing,
learn more about the people and concepts in the film, and find loca! l
star parties where they can look through amateur astrono mers'
telescopes free of charge. A Seeing in the Dark robotic telescope,
located at a high-altitude site in New Mexico, will be available for
students to image star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies for themselves.

Seeing in the Dark was made possible by a grant from the National
Science Foundation and with support from the Public Broadcasting
Service. The program DVD will be available for $24.99 at www.pbs.org
immediately following the broadcast.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Timothy Ferris and Cal Zecca
DIRECTOR: Nigel Ashcroft
EDITOR: Lisa Day, A.C.E.
SOUND DESIGN: Kate Hopkins
SOUND MIX: Walter Murch, C.A.S. ORIGINAL MUSIC: Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher

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