Astrophysical Sciences’ Professor Gáspár Bakos and his recent wildlife discoveries are the focus of a short documentary entitled, “Observatory”. It will premiere at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. The eleven-minute film highlights a project undertaken by Professor Bakos and his three sons who unobtrusively peered into the natural habitat of numerous animals, birds and other creatures living in Princeton’s Lake Carnegie area. Gáspár Bakos is an avid observer of nature here on Earth and in the sky. As an astrophysicist he is well-known for his research observing extrasolar planets and surveying the night sky with the use of novel instrumentation. Most of his recent work is dedicated to the HATPI Project (Hungarian-made Automated Telescope and “PI”) which will monitor the entire sky visible from Chile.
The Princeton Environmental Film Festival (PEFF) is a local event sponsored by the Princeton Public Library. The Film Festival was founded in 2006 with the mission to share exceptional documentary films for the purpose of educating the community about environmental sustainability from multiple angles and perspectives. The 2021 season includes nine feature length and nine short documentary films. “Observatory” is a short documentary that was produced by Princeton University’s Office of Sustainability and it was directed by filmmaker Jared Flesher. This film can be viewed virtually beginning April 16th at 7PM and it will be followed by a live question and answer session with Gáspár Bakos and Jared Flesher.