A mix of The Observatory at night, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from thekellyscope’s photostream and Cygnus Milky Way, reprocessed, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from jpstanely’s photostream

“Undaunted, The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory” tells the fascinating and inspiring story of giants in the field of astronomy who made their discoveries at the original version of a local landmark:

UNDAUNTED: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory tells the remarkable stories of Samuel Pierpont Langley, John and Phoebe Brashear, and James Edward Keeler. Despite catastrophic setbacks and unrelenting hardships, these determined individuals defied the odds to ultimately make world-changing contributions to science and technology. Among the many accomplishments associated with the Allegheny Observatory are the establishment of standard time zones, the founding of astrophysics, major contributions to the invention of aviation, advances in solar research, precision star distance mapping, and discoveries in planetary science.

The film is pure Pittsburgh. Dan Handley, Ph.D., is the producer, writer and director of the film and has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, as well as Johns Hopkins University. It’s narrated by Pittsburgh’s own David Conrad — accomplished film and television actor. And, the executive producer is none other than Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto!

There will be a free showing of the film at 8:00 PM, Saturday, August 25th in Riverview Park, just outside of the Allegheny Observatory, on Pittsburgh’s North Side. (This is part of Dollar Bank’s Cinema in the Park summer film series.) The 25th marks the centennial of the 1912 August dedication of the new Allegheny Observatory building.

You can learn more about this movie at its website here and by watching the official trailer below and WTAE’s news story about it here.

“Undaunted, The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory” Free Showing
When: Saturday, August 25, 2012, 8:00 PM
Where: Riverview Park (just outside of the Allegheny Observatory), on Pittsburgh’s North Side (map)