Big Astronomy wins “Best Astronomy Education” Award in the Dome Under Fulldome Film Festival.
Melbourne: The Dome Under Fulldome Film Festival hosted its first planetarium film fest in Melbourne, Australia, on February 8 – 9. Big Astronomy: People Places Discoveries, a planetarium film funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and produced by the California Academy of Sciences in collaboration with AUI and others won the Best Astronomy Education Award. “It’s a great honor for Big Astronomy to receive recognition from Australia’s first-ever fulldome festival! We had some fierce competition for the Best Astronomy Education Award, so we really appreciate being recognized by the jury for our work. It was also great to hear from festival attendees how they felt about the show’s depiction of the people who work at Chile’s great observatories—as diverse role models for the next generation of young scientists and engineers. That’s something we worked hard on, and it’s rewarding to know that people got the message,” says film Writer and Director Ryan Wyatt.