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MUSE, The cosmic time machine

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  00:33:06  2017  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

Within 35 minutes the film explores the inspiration and the story behind MUSE, why it was needed how it came into life over a nine year long development phase. It highlights the needed international European cooperation to realise the project and the participation of some of the hundreds of researchers, technicians and engineers involved. The innovative technology of MUSE and the front-line science done with it are discussed as well. Also the delicate installation process and the moment of first light of the instrument get their place in the film.
MUSE, a novel state-of-the-art integral field spectrograph, is one of the most ambitious astronomical projects of our time. It saw first light in January 2014 (eso1407) and uses 24 3D spectrographs, obtaining spectra over wide areas of the sky and a large range of wavelengths, from blue to infrared. Each of the 24 data “cubes” produced by MUSE in one observation is so rich in information that researchers need many months to fully analyse its contents and publish the results.
With instruments like MUSE, employing cutting-edge technology, ESO remains at the forefront of astronomical research. Since MUSE’s conception, astronomers have been able to study the Universe in more detail than ever before. In fact, there is no instrument currently available that is better suited to observing the faintest of galaxies in the very distant Universe and it will undoubtedly produce results of outstanding quality in the next decades.The film project was led by Roland Bacon, Principal Investigator of the MUSE project. (Résumé ESO)

Associate producer : CNRS Images
Producer : AstronefCentre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon
 
Director : DELHAYE Claude (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon) GOMBERT Christophe (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Scientific adviser : BACON Roland (CRAL, UMR CNRS, ENS Lyon et Univ, Lyon I, INSU, Saint-Genis-Laval)
Original idea : BACON Roland (CRAL, UMR CNRS, ENS Lyon et Univ, Lyon I, INSU, Saint-Genis-Laval)
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Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of 3D animations, photographs taken by MUSE team and animated plan.
Voice over and interviews (live sound). Original music.
PersonnalitiesBACON Roland(CRAL, UMR CNRS, ENS Lyon et Univ, Lyon I, INSU, Saint-Genis-Laval); CAILLIER Patrick(CRAL, UMR CNRS, ENS Lyon et Univ, Lyon I, INSU, Saint-Genis-Laval); CONTINI Thierry(IRAP, UMR CNRS, INSU, Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier); LAURENT Florence(CRAL, UMR CNRS, ENS Lyon et Univ, Lyon I, INSU, Saint-Genis-Laval); RENAULT Edgar(CRAL, UMR CNRS, ENS Lyon et Univ, Lyon I, INSU, Saint-Genis-Laval); RICHARD Johan(CRAL, UMR CNRS, ENS Lyon et Univ, Lyon I, INSU, Saint-Genis-Laval); ZINS Gérard(IPAG, UMR CNRS, CNES, Université Grenoble Alpes); LIZON Jean-Louis(Responsable ESO de l'intégration de MUSE sur le site VLT); VERNET Joel(Responsable ESO du suivi de l'instrument MUSE); LILLY Simon(Astrophysicien, Institute for Astronomy, ETH Zurich ); NICKLAS Harald(Responsable de la structure mécanique de MUSE, Institute for Astrophysics, Gottingen); SCHAYE Joop(Astrophysicien, Leiden University Observatory, Leiden); WISOTZKI Lutz(Responsable des programmes scientifiques à l'Institut Leibniz d'astrophysique de Potsdam ); DE ZEEUW Tim(Directeur général de l'ESO)
NotesCNES : Centre National d'études spatiales
CRAL : Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon
ESO : Observatoire européen austral
INSU : Institut national des sciences de l'univers
IPAG : Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble
IRAP : Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie
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Number6300
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportXDCam EX ; HD
VersionFrench ; English
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
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