50 years af­ter 2001: A Space Odyssey is still the “Movie that changed all Movies”

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Stan Kubrick, one of the great­est and most in­flu­en­tial di­rec­tors in the film in­dus­try, was re­puted for his re­veal­ing, sen­sa­tional movies which al­most seem prophetic.

Start­ing as a high school pho­tog­ra­pher, it’s lit­tle known he made many movies un­til his block­buster “2001: A Space Odyssey” hit box of­fices in the spring of 1968.

Based on a nar­ra­tive of Sci-fi Bri­tish au­thor Sir Arthur C. Clarke, its ideas come from his 1948 novel “The Sen­tinel” and 1953 “En­counter in the Dawn”.

With a bud­get of $12 Mil­lion, it’s taken in over $190 Mil­lion so not only was it a fi­nan­cial suc­cess but it’s is com­monly ob­served as one of the best scifi works of all time even to to­day.

It’s clas­si­fied as “Hard sci-fi (a cat­e­gory of ‘sci-fi’ char­ac­ter­ized by an em­pha­sis on sci­en­tific ac­cu­racy)” for its ac­cu­rate de­pic­tion of space flight, pi­o­neer­ing spe­cial ef­fects, and am­bigu­ous im­agery while em­pha­siz­ing sound/min­i­miz­ing di­a­logue in place of tra­di­tional nar­ra­tive tech­niques.

The sound­track con­sists of clas­si­cal mu­sic such as The Blue Danube and Also sprach Zarathus­tra. Noted for its sci­en­tific fu­tur­ism, it’s fore­telling when com­par­ing at it even from to­day’s view.

Specif­i­cally, AI (ar­ti­fi­cially in­tel­li­gence) seemed more fic­tional than sci­en­tific in 1968, but to­day that’s be­come more real than imag­i­nary. I am go­ing to write more about AI since it’s now part of our daily lives and it can be ei­ther good or bad de­pend­ing who’s con­trol­ling it.

More sig­nif­i­cant is the com­ing re­lease of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy promised at Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Jan. 20, 2017 in­au­gu­ra­tion. With the newly-cre­ated Space Force De­part­ment (https://www.af­spc.af.mil/) of the mil­i­tary, much will re­sem­ble what’s in the movie.

If you haven’t seen it, catch the HD ver­sion at http://hd­vix.com/movie/2001a-space-odyssey-1968-16444/. At 2.5 hours long, it’s lengthy but well worth it!

Sky watch for the next month:

1. Day­light’s Sav­ings Time Ends- Sun­day Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. you’ll get that hour of sleep.

2. North­ern Tau­rids Me­teor Shower Peaks- Sun­day, Nov. 11 af­ter dark fore­cast is seven me­te­ors per hour and the moon will set at early evening for dark skies un­til the wee morn­ing hours of the Nov. 12.

3. Leonid Me­teor Shower Peaks- Wednes­day, Nov. 17 af­ter night­fall into the next morn­ing as the moon sets around 3 a.m., so look to­wards the con­stel­la­tion of Leo. Orig­i­nat­ing from the comet 55P/Tem­pel-Tut­tle, it should pro­duce me­te­ors at the rate of 10-15 per hour.

4. Jupiter/Sun­rise con­junc­tion- Mon­day, Nov. 26 look SE be­fore 9 a.m. with a good pair of so­lar fil­ters and bi­nos or scope.

Pub­lic Events for the next month:

Monthly Open House at Cal­gary’s Roth­ney Ob­ser­va­tory near Prid­dis- Mark down Satur­day, Nov. 17 from 20:00 to 23:00. There will be an ar­ray of scopes op­er­ated by Univer­sity of Cal­gary as­tronomers and mem­bers of the RASC Cal­gary. You will have the op­por­tu­nity to look through the tele­scopes, in­door pre­sen­ta­tion and as­tronomers will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions.

Check out the vain and boast­ful queen of the north­ern sky Cas­siopeia un­der a sliver of a moon.

The en­trance fee is $30 per car. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Jen­nifer Howse at jhowse@phas.ucal­gary.ca, (403) 931-2366. Their web­site https://www.ucal­gary.ca/rao/ is up­dated reg­u­larly.

Happy Cooler days and Me­teor Watch­ing!

Neel Roberts is a mem­ber of the Cal­gary chap­ter of the Royal As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety of Canada-the na­tion’s lead­ing astron­omy club founded in 1868 with over 5,000 mem­bers and 29 cen­ters across Canada. Neel wel­comes your ques­tions and com­ments at (403) 560-6574, Neel_Roberts@ptc­canada.com. The mem­bers meet once a month on week­ends at Cal­gary’s Roth­ney Ob­ser­va­tory near Prid­dis and you can check out times at https://www.ucal­gary.ca/rao/cal­en­dar. Like them at Face­book at https://www.face­book.com/groups/272037680377/, Twit­ter https://twit­ter.com/Cal­gar­yRASC & YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/RASCCal­gary.


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