|born on||18 June 1923 at 14:30 (= 2:30 PM )|
|Place||Wellington, New Zealand, 41s18, 174e47|
|Timezone||ONZT h11e30 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||25°52' 08°39 Asc. 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 However, the optics are new, having been replaced by Gary Nankivell, a previous owner of the telescope.
- Work : Prize 1966 (Murray Geddes Prize)
- Death, Cause unspecified 1981 (Age 57-58)
Sy Scholfield quotes Garth Carpenter in his "Aspects of Astrology," from Peter Read personally.
- Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Long running astronomy show)
- Vocation : Science : Astronomy (Noted astronomer)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession