EST Documentary


Reaching for the Sun is a 52 minute television documentary on the history of solar observations, now in post-production. A journey through the last 400 years of solar observations culminating in one of the biggest challenges for the European solar physics community: the construction of the European Solar Telescope.


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Shooting "Reaching for the Sun"

The documentary features 16 interviews with EST scientists and footage from five different observatories and eleven telescopes in Europe. It also features unique sites, such as the Accademia dei Lincei (Rome, Italy), where original documents from Galileo are kept. Once released, it will be offered to leading national TV channels and streaming platforms.



Documentary illustrations

The narration in "Reaching for the Sun" is supported with high-quality illustrations, animations, and graphic resources. These elements are used to explain milestones in the history of solar physics research and various solar concepts through beautiful images and high artistic sensibility.




Directed by: Emilio García and Adri Sola

Cinematography: Isaac Baeza

Produced by: Manuel González, Óscar Huertas, Luis Bellot

Film editing: Javier Caireta

Sound and OST: Rubén Martín

Colour: Luis Ochoa

Illustrations: Eva Lí



  • Richard Muller, OMP
  • Brigitte Schmieder, OBSPM


  • Carsten Denker, AIP
  • Luzia Kleint, KIS
  • Sami Solanki, MPS
  • Meetu Verma, AIP
  • Oskar von der Lühe, KIS


  • Francesco Berrilli, UTOV
  • Ilaria Ermolli, INAF OAR


  • Luis Bellot, IAA-CSIC
  • Manuel Collados, IAC
  • Elena Khomenko, IAC
  • Reza Rezaei, IAC 


  • Peter Gömory, AISAS
  • Ales Kucera, AISAS


  • Göran Scharmer, SU


  • Rob Hammerschlag, UU