- Category : Astronomer
- Type : ME
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (56)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 2
New Zealand astronomer, famed in the ‘60s and ‘70s for fronting "The Night Sky", the longest running television show in New Zealand. He was a past president of R.A.S.N.Z., Director of the Lunar and Planetary Section, and winner of the Murray Geddes Prize, 1966.
Because of his long association with television, he eventually came to be known as "the people's astronomer." The Carter National Observatory became custodians of the so-called Peter Read telescope not long before Peter's death in 1981. This telescope is a 6" (15cm) F18 Thomas Cook refractor made in approximately 1920. However, the optics are new, having been replaced by Gary Nankivell, a previous owner of the telescope.