Hubert Zitt is a lecturer at the Hochshule Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences in Germany. With a doctorate in systems theory of electrotechnology, his lectures usually focus on computer science, but he is also a huge Star Wars fan.
In fact, he is such a huge fan that he turned an observatory on his campus into a giant R2-D2. Now, that is a true fan!
The observatory sits at the top of a hill on at the university where it stands out and rises above the campus. It would be hard to miss and can be viewed from multiple locations. Now students can go to class under the watchful eye of R2-D2. May the force be with them on exam days.
R2-D2 is an Instant Star
Fans both on and off campus have fallen in love with the new paint on the observatory and the pictures have gone viral all over the internet. Fans everywhere love it, but it’s not just the fans taking notice. Even Star Wars actor Mark Hamill chimed in on Twitter and said,
“R2-D2 Observatory Transformed Germans Into Giant Nerds”
in response to an article discussing the transformation of the observatory into a giant R2-D2.
Fans also responded to the tweet with appreciation for the observatory’s new paint. They also included a slew of R2-D2 pictures. It’s obvious who one of the favorite robots is among the Star Wars cast.
How the Masterpiece was Made
Hubert Zitt had a little help in making the R2-D2 masterpiece. He was assisted by a master painter, Klaus Ruffing, some of his students, and even his father-in-law. They sprayed the dome and then got to work on the details that brought their R2-D2 to life.
Thanks to all of the painters and helpers, the transformation went smoothly with an astonishingly accurate R2-D2 as a result, except for the size.
They may have gotten the size slightly wrong when it comes to accuracy…that or the campus is located on some sort of planet full of ant-sized people.
A Love of Star Wars
With such a monumental monument to Star Wars, it would be hard to argue that Hubert Zitt isn’t a Star Wars fan, but he takes it a level that few others can reach, perhaps into the next galaxy.
The professor has even done a 60-minute lecture on the Force that included the influence and wisdom of Jedi Knights, as it can be applied to life outside of the movie theater.
And Star Trek!
The space movie expert doesn’t just stop at Star Wars though, he has also done over 300 lectures with a focus on Star Trek and had been on television several times to cover the topic. Some of those lectures were part of a semester-long course entitled “Physics and Star Trek” at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
Despite all of the fame his lectures have gotten him, the professor still takes time to stop and do other things he loves (such as turning an observatory into a giant R2-D2). Back in 2008, he also stopped long enough also to write the preface to the book, Star Trek in Germany, along with Gene Roddenberry Jr.
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