Making movies about making history: A passion for science discovery

Open Night on 9 May 2015
“Making movies about making history: A passion for science discovery”


Members of the public are welcome to an Open Night at the SAAO in Cape Town on 9 May 2015, starting at 20h00. Kai Staats (UCT/AIMS) (UCT Masters Student) will present a talk titled Making movies about making history: A passion for science discovery. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.

Summary of the talk

Nearly every day, we read articles about scientific discoveries. We readily quote science facts we read or hear from friends, without really understanding the process that led to that knowledge.

On every continent, in every country, researchers work to discover the underlying principals of how our world functions. These scientists are sometimes a little bit crazy, as in the movies, but mostly they are just
like all of us. Curious, excited, and passionate about what they learn.

In the United States, there is a team of scientists who have laboured for more than 20 years to build one of the most advanced astronomical experiments on Earth. “LIGO, A Passion for Understanding” shares some of their stories and what they hope to soon discover. This fast-paced twenty minute film is set to a lively musical score.

Join filmmaker and UCT Masters student Kai Staats as he shares his experience in making films about astronomy, and why science education is so important.


The Open Night will take place at the SAAO in Cape Town. The SAAO is located off Liesbeeck Parkway, next to the River Club.


Gates open at 19h30 and parking is available on site.

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