The show is the dramatsaton of the journey of a photon from the Big Bang to the Earth. His voice describes what he encounters during his path along the history of the Universe through the various epochs. The tale  is mixed with famous blues songs performed by a band of 14 members, all PhD students or post-docs in astronomy. The songs have been chosen on the basis of connecton with the text in terms of argument and rhythm and are intended to rouse the atenton of public and to give a break to the narraton.  Moreover, during the show we projected silent movies with short explanatons of the things that Joe  is saying.   Two short clips from movies (Annie Hall by Woody Allen and from the Simpsons series) are also part of the show.

Three novels  from Cosmicomics of  Italo Calvino are  read because  these are an additonal

source of dramatsed explanatons of the various concepts.

For students of a school (secondary level, i.e. college) the ideal thing to do is to have a preshow or a post-show lecture on the presented concepts to be discussed with experts (possibly the astronomers of the band).

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The Journey of Joe the Photon
A Blues Tale

Sandro Bardelli   INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italy

Francesco Poppi   INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italy

The show is the dramatsaton of the journey of a photon from the Big Bang to the Earth. His voice describes what he encounters during his path along the history of the Universe through the various epochs. The tale  is mixed with famous blues songs performed by a band of 14 members, all PhD students or post-docs in astronomy. The songs have been chosen on the basis of connecton with the text in terms of argument and rhythm and are intended to rouse the atenton of public and to give a break to the narraton.  Moreover, during the show we projected silent movies with short explanatons of the things that Joe  is saying.   Two short clips from movies (Annie Hall by Woody Allen and from the Simpsons series) are also part of the show.

Three novels  from Cosmicomics of  Italo Calvino are  read because  these are an additonal

source of dramatsed explanatons of the various concepts.

For students of a school (secondary level, i.e. college) the ideal thing to do is to have a preshow or a post-show lecture on the presented concepts to be discussed with experts (possibly the astronomers of the band).

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