Uni lecturer turns observatory into giant R2D2

Not every university lecturer can get the internet excited about an observatory, but then Dr Hubert Zitt isn’t your average academic – and his latest project is something else.

The Star Wars fan has painted the Zweibrück Observatory – in his native home, Germany – to resemble a giant R2D2.

Dr Hubert Zitt paints the observatory. Picture: © Hubert Zitt/Hochschule Kaiserslautern

An electrical engineer by trade, Zitt has made a name for himself in recent years through his entertaining lectures about the science and technology used in shows like Star Trek.

In 2008, he taught a full semester of Star Trek Physics at a university in San Antonio, Texas.

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This might take a while …. Picture: © Hubert Zitt/Hochschule Kaiserslautern

He currently lectures in science fiction at the University of Kaiserslautern.

Zitt and his students spent hours painting the large on-campus structure white and blue.

Their droid-like version of the observatory was finished late last year.

The completed R2D2 observatory. Picture: © Hubert Zitt/Hochschule Kaiserslautern

But it’s only now gaining fans around the world, thanks to none other than actor Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the popular movie franchise:

While Star Wars fans are going nuts for the observatory’s new look, there’s no word yet on how long the structure will stay droid-like.

What’s most impressive about this paint is the attention to detail. Picture: © Hubert Zitt/Hochschule Kaiserslautern

The German R2D2 observatory isn’t the first of its kind, as designboom.com notes. Minnesota’s Goodsell Observatory was painted blue and white to resemble R2D2 in 2010.

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The R2D2 observatory seen from afar. Picture: © Hubert Zitt/Hochschule Kaiserslautern

Originally published as Uni lecturer turns observatory into giant R2D2 by Danielle Cahill. Author at realestate.com.au