Films and Videos

“Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” Site Support Notebook

Each library wishing to show films or videos related to “Visions of the Universe” to the public must themselves arrange for public performance rights (PPR).

  1. Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens,
    Presented in 2002 on PBS and available from PBS and other distributors, such as Amazon.

  2. The Universe: A Guided Tour—on DVD
    This stunning visual encyclopedia of the solar system, the galaxy, and the universe combines the content of The Complete Cosmos VHS series with the advantages of DVD technology, providing instant accessibility and outstanding picture and sound quality. DVD features include:

    • full menu control with navigation to any indexed segment—instantly

    • preprogramming, allowing indexed segments to be joined in any order

    • multiple language tracks, including English, Spanish, French, and German

    • captioning for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing

    • a link to an online companion guide that includes detailed notes for all 25 episodes, including scientific background information, questions and activities, and dozens of additional research links.

    Can be viewed using a DVD player or computer DVD-ROM drive. This and other films on astronomy available from Films for the Humanities and Sciences at

  3. A Sidewalk Astronomer,
    “This is a fine film about an engaging and amazing character (John Dobson). ...[ A Sidewalk Astronomer] would appeal to a broad audience—certainly, to anyone who has ever gazed in wonder at the sky on a moonless night.”— AAAS’s Science Books & Films

  4. Eye on the Skies: The International Astronomical Union’s book and movie celebrating the 400th anniversary of the telescope,
    This book and movie are available at the Hubble Space Telescope Shop website: