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A Sidewalk Astronomer

  • Release Date: Jul 06, 2005
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  • Runtime: 1 hr. 19 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Jeffrey Fox Jacobs


John Dobson is a man responsible for a quiet revolution in astronomy. Born in 1916, Dobson was born to a family of missionaries in Beijing, where his grandfather helped found Peking University. Dobson received a degree in chemistry from the University of California in Berkeley in 1943, and not long after entered a Hindu monastery. Before long, however, Dobson developed a passionate interest in the stars, and he found a way to build his own telescopes, which were effective but inexpensive to make...more

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