• A Sidewalk Astronomer    DVD
A film by Jeffrey Fox Jacobs

This is a DVD About Astronomy, Cosmology, and John Dobson. "An inspiring film about an inspired teacher, says the New York Times

  • 75 minutes, color US DVD
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This is a Film About Astronomy, Cosmology, and John Dobson. "An inspiring film about an inspired teacher, says the New York Times.

On any given night around the world, thousands of people peer into deep space because of John Dobson. A then 89-year old with a white ponytail and a knack for comedy. He also revolutionized astronomy.
"Possessing a quicksilver wit, a gift for turning a phrase that makes scientific concepts accessible, and an energy that belies his more than 90 years,John Dobson is one of history's greatest popularizers of science," (Wall Street Journal - 9/1/04). He is the inventor of the Dobsonian telescope mount, which changed the field of astronomy dramatically, making telescopes accessible to the public on every continent.

A former Vedanta monk of the Ramakrishna Order, co-founded the "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." The film follows John 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. It features sequences on sidewalk astronomy, telescope making, the Moon, Sun, major planets, galaxies, Big Bang Theory, and the nature of time and space.

We also get to know John 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 as well as animation courtesy of NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Hubble Space Telescope Institute.

Now deceased, this film is a wonderful tribute to a great soul filled with energy and vitality.
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Review By David Jackson

American Eccentric

A wonderful video about John Dobson, Amateur Astronomer, Telescope maker, Buddhist monk and eccentric.