In 2009, the Kepler space telescope launched into space to search for planets orbiting stars outside of our solar system. These planets, called exoplanets, had no data to prove their existence until 20 years ago. Currently, because of exciting developments in astronomy, data shows that planets actually outnumber the estimated 200 billion stars in our galaxy. This 3D computer animation serves to highlight the importance of this cutting edge science.
This short film, entitled, The Quest for Another Earth, spotlights the Allegheny Observatory where members of the research team, STEPUP (Survey of Transiting Extrasolar Planets at the University of Pittsburgh), actually perform astronomical observations of exoplanets.
To ponder the wonders of the age old question of whether we are alone in the Universe, the animation also explores a recently discovered exoplanet, Kepler-186f, which is 500 light years from Earth and has been called an “Earth-cousin” by astronomers because of its similarity to Earth.
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Direction, Production, and Writing by Daniel Peluso
Narrated by Mike Boyer
Film Score by Jordan Wood
Science Advisor Arthur Kosowsky
Animation Consultant Dean Mougianis