Awardwinning documentary explores the hot and energetic universe

An award-winning documentary produced by an international consortium of space researchers, including scientists from our Department of Physics and Astronomy, explores the breath-taking achievements of modern astronomy.

The documentary, titled ‘The Hot and Energetic Universe’, was among ten films that were preselected to participate at the recent international planetarium movie festival in the Republic of Korea – where it took first place, winning the ‘Golden Star award’.

Our University participates in the EU-funded Integrated Activities for High Energy Astrophysics (AHEAD) project, which aims to combine the efforts of most European Institutes and Universities that are active in High Energy Astrophysics research. 

One of the key project goals is to share the exciting scientific discoveries in this research domain with the general public in Europe.

As part of this initiative, AHEAD produced the full-dome planetarium film, which has been freely distributed to planetariums around the world and has been translated into multiple languages.

Professor Paul O’Brien, lead of the AHEAD project activities from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: “The University of Leicester is a world centre for high energy astronomy and the AHEAD project aims to train and inspire the next generation of scientists. The planetarium film describes the extraordinary objects we see in the Universe and how we observe them.”

The flat screen version of the planetarium show ‘The Hot and Energetic Universe’ is available here: