Watch The Journey to Palomar, airing on most PBS stations.
The majestic and captivating dome of the 200-inch telescope on Palomar Mountain.
(Credit: California Institute of Technology)

The Journey to Palomar traces the epic personal and professional quest of the Chicago-born astronomer to build the four largest telescopes of the 20th century, culminating with the 20-year effort to build the million-pound telescope on Palomar Mountain, a project considered the "moon shot" of the 1930s and 1940s.

George Ellery Hale's vision opens the page to one of the most fascinating and spellbinding periods in American history revealing the greatest discoveries since Galileo and Copernicus.

The Journey to Palomar premieres Monday, November 10, 2008.

Contact your local PBS affiliate to find out local times and dates for airing.

As a companion to the video, there is a Teachers Guide, for Grades 6-12 developed by Cary Sneider, Ph.D. in collaboration with Mason Productions, Inc. and The Astronomical Society of the Pacific.


Explore the night skies as Hale did with your local Night Sky Network astronomy club, and become a visionary yourself.