Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Nature Screen: Telescope: Hunting the Edge of Space


NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe. What began as a curiosity, two spectacle lenses held a foot apart, ultimately revolutionized human thought across science, philosophy and religion. Telescope takes viewers on a global adventure of discovery, dramatizing the innovations in technology and the achievements in science that have marked the rich history of the telescope.

This tale of human ingenuity involves some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world including Galileo, Kepler, Newton, William Herschel, George Hale, and Edwin Hubble, leading up to today's colossal telescopes, housed in space-age cathedrals or orbiting high above the Earth. Now at the center of an international space race, a new generation of ever-larger telescopes is poised to reveal answers to longstanding questions about our universe, and in turn, raise new questions!

Free with Museum Admission


  • 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM