Galileo's Telescope

The Starry Messenger

The Starry Messenger is an educational film drama celebrating the International Year of Astronomy - 2009 - marking 400 years of Galileo's telescope. It premiered at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in 2009 and was sent to hundreds of schools in September 2009.

You can download the accompanying educational booklet from this site, but if you would like a copy of the educational pack including a dvd of this film and the booklet, please contact us.

This project was funded by STFC by means of a Science in Society Small Award.

Rob and Leads

In Memoriam

Produced at the University of Hertfordshire, The Starry Messenger was written, co-produced, co-directed, edited and the music was composed by Dr Robert Priddey who sadly passed away in Feb 2010. He was a gifted polymath and is sorely missed by all who knew him. He was very proud of this short film with good reason and the whole team hope that it will continue to benefit GCSE students for many years to come.

Robert Priddey
1975 - 2010