A Sidewalk Astronomer

20051 hr, 18 mins

A former Vedanta monk of the Ramakrishna Order, John Dobson is a co-founder of “Sidewalk Astronomers,” an organization that encourages amateurs to share their telescopes and knowledge with others on busy city streets and in national parks. As John says, “The Universe is bigger than the Earth; it’s bigger than the solar system; it’s bigger than our galaxy and we owe it to ourselves to notice it.”

On any given night around the world, thousands of people peer into deep space because of John Dobson, an 89-year-old with a white ponytail and a knack for comedy. He is the inventor of the Dobsonian telescope mount, which revolutionized astronomy. A Sidewalk Astronomer follows him as he tours the country from the sidewalks of San Francisco to colleges, universities, astronomy clubs, and more. We get to know John, a fascinating thinker, philosopher, teacher, and inventor who encourages us to think about the Universe.