EST Documentary

EST Documentary


Reaching for the Sun is a 52 minute television documentary on the history of solar observations. 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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  • Richard Muller, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Brigitte Schmieder, Observatoire de Paris-Site de Meudon (OBSPM)


  • Carsten Denker, Leibniz-Institute für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
  • Lucia Kleint, Leibniz-Institute für Sonnenphysik (KIS)
  • Sami K. Solanki, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS)
  • Meetu Verma, Leibniz-Institute für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
  • Oskar von der Lühe, Leibniz-Institute für Sonnenphysik (KIS)


  • Francesco Berrilli, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
  • Ilaria Ermolli, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma


  • Luis Bellot, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía - CSIC (IAA-CSIC)
  • Manuel Collados, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)
  • Elena Khomenko, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)
  • Reza Rezaei, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)


  • Peter Gömory, Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences (AISAS)
  • Aleš Kučera, Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences (AISAS)
  • Jan Rybak, Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences (AISAS)


  • Göran B. Scharmer, Stockholm University




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.








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.





Directed and written by

Emilio J. García


Executive Producer and Science Supervisor

Luis Bellot


Co-executive producer

Emilio J. García


Produced by

Manuel González, Óscar Huertas


Filming by

Adri Sola


Director of photography

Isaac Baeza


Edited by

Fran Vergara

Emilio J. García


Music by

Rubén Martín


Narrated by

Lucy Brown


Illustrations by

Eva Li


Animations by

Antonio Corral and Manuel Casares - The Crocantes


Scientifics Infographics by

Gabriel Pérez (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias)

Juan Manuel Ferrar - Arcan studio

FabLab (Universidad de La Laguna)