Thursday, May 9, 2013

THUR. NITE: Allegheny Observatory History on Pittsburgh TV

By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower 

The historical film, "Undaunted: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory," will be shown in the Pittsburgh region on WQED-TV 13.1 TONIGHT, Thursday Evening, May 9, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

This film gives the history of the Allegheny Observatory, the 150-year-old astronomical observatory located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, the largest astronomical observatory within the city limits of a major American city.

The documentary provides a fascinating history of how the Allegheny Observatory, which began observations at the original location on 1861 November 27 with very limited funding, became a leader in astronomical research and actually pioneered the new scientific field of astrophysics. The film also highlights the three scientists who brought prominence to the facility: Samuel Pierpont Langley, John Brashear, and James E. Keeler. The hour-long film includes interviews with Arthur Glaser (Observatory Historian), Nancy Robinson (retired Observatory Business Manager), and retired Observatory Director George Gatewood.

Although tonight's showing of this historical film is only being broadcast on Pittsburgh's educational television station, the American Public Media network will distribute the film to other educational and public television stations throughout the country, for future broadcast beginning May 19. People in other areas of the country should watch their television listings for the date and time of the film's showing in their area.

The Editor of the SpaceWatchtower Blog, Glenn A. Walsh, participated in the production of this film as a historical consultant.

You can learn more about the film at the official film web site:

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News article on film, in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

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News article on film, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

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Samuel Pierpont Langley: Link >>>

James E. Keeler: Link >>>

Source: Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss.

Related Blog Posts ---

Brashear House & Factory: Nomination to National Register of Historic Places (2012 Oct. 11):

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Historic Nomination: John Brashear House & Factory, Pittsburgh (2012 Sept. 13):

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Centennial: New Allegheny Observatory Dedication (2012 Aug. 28):

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Pittsburgh's Allegheny Observatory History Video Now Available (2012 July 25):

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Pittsburgh's Allegheny Observatory: New History Film (2012 April 19):
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* Adler Planetarium, Chicago:
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* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries:
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* Duquesne Incline cable-car railway, Pittsburgh:
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