The Depths of Space (1953)

15 Dec
Director  Arrangement, cinematography and comment by Ruroy Sibley
Producer  International Screen Organization
Length  11 min
B&W/Color  b&w
UO Library Catalog description:  Astronomical photography by observatories of the United States is used in a study of galaxies. Shows clusters of galaxies, up to 2 billion light-years distant, and various patterns of galaxies.
Call # FILM Ma94
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  fair
Oregon-related  no


Part of a series called “Astronomical Films.” I can’t find too much on Ruroy Sibley, except that he had the feat of appearing on panels at the science-fiction convention WorldCon in both 1939 and 1992! (It appears that the second appearance was a specific effort to re-create the first panel, called “Exploring the Universe” ). He also made a film called Planets Asteroids Comets which you could get at the Kansas City Public Library in 1942, and one called Seeing the Universe Through the World’s Largest Telescopes which he showed at the 1939 convention (and which was, apparently, not tremendously well-received).

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