Sidewalk Astronomer (2005)
'A Sidewalk Astronomer' is the story of John Dobson, an 89-year old monk-turned-scientist who revolutionized astronomy with the invention of the Dobsonian telescope mount, which made telescopes accessible to the public on every continent. Dobson is a co-founder of "Sidewalk Astronomers," an organization encouraging amateurs to share their telescopes and knowledge with others on busy city streets and in national parks. The film follows Dobson as he tours the country from the sidewalks of San Francisco to colleges, universities, astronomy clubs, star parties and to Stellafane, a convention of telescope makers in Vermont. In the process, we get to know Dobson, a fascinating thinker, philosopher, teacher, and inventor. This astronomical and cosmological journey is illustrated with actual footage and photos of space shot from satellites and spacecraft. … More
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Critic Reviews for Sidewalk Astronomer
A documentary that knows to sit back and listen as he expounds on a variety of subjects.
If [i]A Sidewalk Astronomer[/i] can't turn you on to astronomy, I feel sorry for you.
Although it introduces us to a quirky, humorous, enthusiastic and obviously intelligent 89-year-old man, it is a minor documentary of a major figure.
Whether or not one buys his alternate theory of cosmic recycling, Dobson's colorful language and passionate beliefs transcend particulars.
Did you know that Jupiter is big enough to hold 1,300 Earths? Or that it rains sulfuric acid on Venus?
An amateur in the best sense of the word, Dobson is an engaging ambassador for a life of the mind lived firmly in the real world.
This inspiring documentary invites viewers to pause for a moment and consider their place in the solar system, the galaxy and the universe.
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