German Professor Who Is A Hardcore Star Wars Fan Has Just Repainted An Observatory Into R2-D2

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (Germany), Hubert Zitt, a German professor from University of Applied Sciences took his Star Wars fandom to the next level and he is well known there by students. He has a reputation for an unbelievable knowledge, but also for his lectures on Star Trek and Star Wars. It is about transformed the Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Science Association into a giant R2-D2 – and it is out of this world.


The sci-fi professor accomplished the project in last year September, Zitt enlisted the support of his father-in-law, painter Klaus Ruffing and science-fiction for loving students to help him complete the task. The most prominent fan of the re-design was Star Wars actor Mark Hamill who posted in twitter about it, “R2-D2 Observatory Transformed Germans Into Giant Nerds.”

However, Zitt and his team aren’t the first fans to accomplish a Star Wars design challenge. In 2010, Goodsell Observatory at Carleton College in Minnesota was also transformed into an R2-D2.

R2-D2 Observatory
Image credits: Hochschule Kaiserslautern

Dr. Hubert Zitt may be known now for his Star Wars and Star Trek expertise, but he got his start in electrotechnology. He received a doctorate from Saarland University in the field of systems theory of electrotechnology and is now a tenured professor in the field at the University of Applied Sciences, Kaiserslautern, Zweibrücken. When he’s not teaching electrotechnology he is spreading information about his favorite sci-fi pop culture.

R2-D2 Observatory
Image credits: Hochschule Kaiserslautern
R2-D2 Observatory
Image credits: Hochschule Kaiserslautern
R2-D2 Observatory
Image credits: Hochschule Kaiserslautern

He gained worldwide acclaim as a Global Top Speaker for his lectures on Star Trek. The first one announced was a “Christmas lecture” where he presented the topic in a unique style that people couldn’t get enough of. In 2005 he took his lectures on the road to other cities at other universities and conventions such as FedCon, Europe’s biggest Science Fiction Convention.

R2-D2 Observatory
Image credits: Hochschule Kaiserslautern

Zitt gained so much recognition in his field that he wrote the preface of the book ‘Star Trek in Germany’ along with the son of the Star Trek inventor Gene Roddenberry in 2008. In the fall semester of the same year, the professor became a regular lecturer at the The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas teaching ‘The Physics of Star Trek.’

R2-D2 Observatory with scientists
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R2-D2 Observatory with scientists
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R2-D2 Observatory  in winter
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R2-D2 Observatory
Image credits: Hochschule Kaiserslautern
R2-D2 Observatory
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R2-D2 Observatory
Image credits: Hochschule Kaiserslautern
R2-D2 Observatory
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R2-D2 Observatory and jawa
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R2-D2 Observatory and R2-D2
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R2-D2 Observatory in sunset
Image credits: Hochschule Kaiserslautern

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