Read, Peter

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Read, Peter Gender: M
born on 18 June 1923 at 14:30 (= 2:30 PM )
Place Wellington, New Zealand, 41s18, 174e47
Timezone ONZT h11e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 25°52' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 08°39 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 25°08'


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 However, the optics are new, having been replaced by Gary Nankivell, a previous owner of the telescope.


  • Death, Cause unspecified 1981 (Age 57-58)
  • Work : Prize 1966 (Murray Geddes Prize)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Garth Carpenter in his "Aspects of Astrology," from Peter Read personally.


  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Vocation : Science : Astronomy (Noted astronomer)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Long running astronomy show)