Chronicling the quest for knowledge about Earth’s closest star, Solarmax takes audiences on a journey from the first known solar explorers at Newgrange, Ireland, more than 5300 years ago up to today’s cutting edge solar exploration. Audiences see the sun through the x-ray eyes of the TRACE satellite and through spectacular real-time images taken from SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory).
The title refers to the 11-year cycle of maximum solar activity, in which sunspots, solar flares, and other phenomena are more frequent and more intense.
Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2000
  • Date Released:
    July 2000
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: Inactive
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

  • Produced By:
    JAVA Films, Heliograph Pty. Ltd., in Association with the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
  • Executive Producer: David Mosena, John Wickstrom, Museum of Science and Industry
  • Producer: Robert Eather (co-producer), John Weiley
  • Director:  John Weiley
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  John Weiley
  • Cinematography: Peter Coleman, Tom Cowan, Peter Hannan, Tristan Milani, Paul Ree
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Nigel Westlake
  • Editor: Nicholas Holmes
  • Narrator: Alex Scott
  • Other Credits: Major funding received from the National Science Foundation
  • Sponsors:


  • Astronomy
  • Documentary
  • Space



Best Soundtrack Album, Australian Guild of Screen Composers, 2001.

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