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.
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?