Star Men

88 mins.
Directed by Alison E. Rose

Science on Screen Film Series: Compelling films paired with lively talks by experts in science, technology and medicine.

Introduction by Dr. Suzan Edwards, Professor of Astronomy, Smith College.

Four exceptional astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a return road trip in the southwestern United States, recapturing youthful adventures and recounting each other's influences on the most exciting period in astronomy’s history.

Filmed in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, the film features POV narration, and draws a character-driven, intimate portrait of friendship as Donald Lynden-Bell, Roger Griffin, Neville “Nick” Woolf and Wallace Sargent travel from the century-old telescope on Mt. Wilson through a progression of larger and more powerful observatories.

Topic: Four pioneering astronomers and their profound influences over 50 years.

Speaker: Dr. Suzan Edwards received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Hawaii and her B.A. from Dartmouth College. She studies stars that are forming deep within molecular clouds in the galaxy. Edwards’ work has focused on studying star formation in the accretion disk phase, particularly for low-mass protostars that are progenitors of sun-like stars.