RIP Jack Horkheimer, Astronomically Cool Geek

Recommended Videos

On Friday afternoon Jack Horkheimer, veteran astronomer and naked-eye-astronomy enthusiast, died of “a respiratory ailment” at the age of 72.

He was the executive director of the planetarium at the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit, but was most well known for his weekly PBS series.  It’s called Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer and he started doing it in 1976.

I was first introduced to Mr. Horkheimer’s short weekly show in Astronomy 101, my last year in college, when our professor would cap off every Friday class with it.  To a bunch of humanities students just trying to get their Science/Math requirement out of the way, Horkheimer was embarrassingly enthusiastic.  His videos wouldn’t take no for an answer; shaming, awing, and assaulting us with the incredible, awesome things that you can experience just by looking at the sky every now and then.

And doing it all from an unbearably ridiculous green screen mock up of him sitting on a planetary ring.

For the same experience, here is his show on what the night sky will hold in the coming week.

And here his final recorded show, covering this Labor Day Weekend.

We wish you clear skies for your (as Mr. Horkheimer would say) looking up.

(via The Miami Herald.)


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Yesterday’s Eclipse Jokes Were Pure Fire
The sun with a face of a baby inside it from Teletubbies
The sun with a face of a baby inside it from Teletubbies
The sun with a face of a baby inside it from Teletubbies
Read Article So You Think the World Is Going to End Because of the Eclipse …
Steve Rogers meme
Steve Rogers meme
Steve Rogers meme
Read Article So About You Going Blind If You Stare at a Solar Eclipse …
the singers with seymour in little shop of horrors looking at plants
the singers with seymour in little shop of horrors looking at plants
the singers with seymour in little shop of horrors looking at plants
Read Article Here’s What We Know About Why a Lunar Halo Appears
The moon, behind a telescope.
The moon, behind a telescope.
The moon, behind a telescope.
Read Article What Is Red Lightning? The Impressive, Elusive Phenomenon, Explained
A crack of red lightning against a black background.
A crack of red lightning against a black background.
A crack of red lightning against a black background.
Related Content
Read Article Yesterday’s Eclipse Jokes Were Pure Fire
The sun with a face of a baby inside it from Teletubbies
Read Article So You Think the World Is Going to End Because of the Eclipse …
Steve Rogers meme
Read Article So About You Going Blind If You Stare at a Solar Eclipse …
the singers with seymour in little shop of horrors looking at plants
Read Article Here’s What We Know About Why a Lunar Halo Appears
The moon, behind a telescope.
Read Article What Is Red Lightning? The Impressive, Elusive Phenomenon, Explained
A crack of red lightning against a black background.
Author
Susana Polo
Susana Polo thought she'd get her Creative Writing degree from Oberlin, work a crap job, and fake it until she made it into comics. Instead she stumbled into a great job: founding and running this very website (she's Editor at Large now, very fancy). She's spoken at events like Geek Girl Con, New York Comic Con, and Comic Book City Con, wants to get a Batwoman tattoo and write a graphic novel, and one of her canine teeth is in backwards.