German Professor Turns Observatory Into Giant R2-D2


Germany is not exactly a galaxy far, far away but if it were up to Hubert Zitt, a German Professor, it would be somewhere out there. He is a professor at Zweibrücken University of Applied Sciences and his students know him for his knowledge and his unique lectures on Star Wars and Star Trek.


His specialty is electrotechnology, which you probably would have to look up on Google to fully understand it. Regardless of what it is, however, Dr Zitt continues to amaze and entertain his students and speaking science fiction world-wide.

One of his lectures, the ‘Christmas lecture’ with a Star Trek theme made him famous online. He has also spoken at many universities on the subject of science fiction. Perhaps his proudest moment was at a popular European science fiction convention, FedCon.

Because he was well known for his expertise on those science fiction subjects, he was about to write the preface to “Star Trek in Germany”. Could you imagine/ He was also a regular feature at The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas with his ‘The Physics of Star Trek’ lectures.

Not only was he well known in the classroom, he also did something that got some attention outdoors. At the Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Science Association is an observatory and he painted it to look like R2-D2. It seems like that galaxy far, far away is not so far after all.

In order to paint the observatory, he enlisted the help of various students and his father-in-law, Klaus Ruffing (who just happens to be a painter). It was a big undertaking but it turned out fantastic.

Not only does he have a feeling of accomplishment from doing it, he even got a nod rom Mark Hamill. He tweeted, “R2-D2 Observatory Transformed Germans Into Giant Nerds.”

I only want to know one thing; where can I get one?



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