OT – WQED show about Allegheny Observatory

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Marko82
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I know a lot of us have ridden through Riverview Park and looked up at the observatory. Well WQED is airing a documentary to tell us about the history of the place & the men who made it famous (tonight at 8pm). I know nothing about this, but it looks cool and I thought others might be interested too.

Trib article with details: http://triblive.com/aande/moreaande/3944766-74/handley-observatory-undaunted#axzz2ShysRsQR


StuInMcCandless
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I saw part of the movie on the lawn outside the A.O. one evening last summer, and also got to tour the facility.

I cannot recommend this enough. You will get an in-depth understanding of how the academic wizards worked with the industrial giants of a century ago to make America great.

One little factoid I recall: The device to measure CO2 in the air was invented here, or with the brainpower developed here.


Kordite
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I saw the film in in entirety. Bought the DVD. Bought the soundtrack. It’s a nice mix of history, biography and science. They don’t just tell you that Allegheny Observatory astronomers were instrumental in the search for exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) but they have Neil Degrasse Tyson explaining how that’s actually done.

And a little secret to watch for, in the recreated scene where Charles Manley is fished out of the Potomac River after crashing Langley’s airplane, watch his lips carefully. There’s no audio for the actor and the narration says that he was cursing a blue streak but he’s not saying what you think he’s saying. Any lip readers?


edmonds59
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This sounds absolutely great, thanks!
Also the Langley Aerodrome hanging in Pitt’s Posvar Hall is a very cool thing to see.


StuInMcCandless
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It’s Thursday, May 9, 8 p.m.

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