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A Bridge between China and the Rest of the World


Connecting Man and Heavens: a brief history of astronomy in China and its links with the West

  • WHAT: “To Space and Back” 3D film, followed by talk “Connecting Man and Heavens”.

    WHEN: Saturday September 13, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m..

    WHERE: Beijing Planetarium 

    COST: The 3D film costs RMB 45, the talk is free.


    ABOUT: RASBJ has arranged with the Beijing Planetarium a double event:


    2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: “To Space and Back”, a 30 minute film specially made for showing in 3D in the Planetarium’s dome.


    Space exploration – our greatest adventure – is having a big impact on our lives. It’s helping us to discover  universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it’s reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live.


    “To Space and Back” takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving a way for the devices and apps we use every day. 


    Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.


    The film is American, the language Chinese – but it is the images that will tell the story!


    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: “Connecting Man and the Heavens”, a discussion between Sun Xiaochun, Professor of the History of Chinese Astronomy at the Institute for the History of the Natural Sciences, and Richard de Grijs, Professor of Astrophysics at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, about when, where, how and why astronomy between China and the West interact, differ, and overlap.


    The discussion will be in English, with occasional translation into Chinese as needed.


    Both events are open to the public.

    Tickets for the Planetarium film show cost RMB 45, the talk is free.

    Places for the film and talk are on a first come, first served basis.

    Friends of RASBJ are welcome to become Members in order to secure a place.

    Children are welcome.


    REPLY: Please reply to membership@rasbj.org stating numbers and whether you wish to attend the film only, film and talk, or talk only.

    Payment for the film can me made at the door.


    LOCATION: Beijing Planetarium, 北京天文馆, 138 Xizhimen Outer St., Xicheng District, tel: 5158 3311. Located directly opposite Beijing Zoo.

    To get there by subway: Beijing Zoo station Exit D, follow signs for Planetarium, walk west 100 metres.


    Click here for map.



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