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This profile was last updated on 4/6/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Founder

Local Address: Swindon, United Kingdom
Swindon Stargazers
 
Background

Employment History

  • Chairman
    Swindon Stargazers
  • Amateur Astronomer
  • Archaeological Excavator
    Cotswold Archaeological Trust

Education

  • general science degree
    Open University
12 Total References
Web References
SWINDON 105.5: Swindon's Local Community Radio
www.swindon1055.com, 6 April 2014 [cached]
Peter Struve: 5 generations of astronomers and advisers to Government including the Kremlin and American governments.
News and features about life, celebrities, beauty and so much more, from the Swindon Advertiser
www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk, 21 June 2013 [cached]
Peter Struve, who founded Swindon Stargazers
About Us
www.swindonstargazers.com, 19 Dec 2006 [cached]
Keen amateur astronomer Peter Struve
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Well, you've got to start somewhere, and Peter Struve, the club founder decided to splash his idea about starting a club for Swindon Astronomers all over the local newspaper (well nearly!).
On Thursday, 8th January 2009, at the start of the International Year of Astronomy, readers of the Swindon Advertiser were not only treated to a picture of this fine young man, but were informed that Peter comes from a long line of distinguish-ed astrophysicists, and he wants to start a new astronomy club.
"As long as man has walked the planet he has looked towards the stars," said Peter.
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Peter said: "Most amateurs start with a cheap pair of binoculars but you can start looking with your naked eyes.
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The first meeting of the club was held at the Lawn Community Centre on the 20 February 2009, and not really to anyone's suprise the meeting room was filled with amatuer astronomers from all over Swindon, along with special guests from First Light Optics in Exeter, who along with Peter, had brought some telescopes to show-off to the packed room.
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Pete Struve, our chairman, gave demonstrations on how to set up a telescope, discussed alignment and balancing to both new and experienced members.
The Swindon Astronomy Group - Swindon - Astronomy Group - UK Astronomy Directory
www.uk-astronomy.co.uk, 20 Dec 2010 [cached]
Well, you've got to start somewhere, and Peter Struve, the club founder decided to splash his idea about starting a club for Swindon Astronomers all over the local newspaper (well nearly!).
On Thursday, 8th January 2009, at the start of the International Year of Astronomy, readers of the Swindon Advertiser were not only treated to a picture of this fine young man, but were informed that Peter comes from a long line of distinguish-ed astrophysicists, and he wants to start a new astronomy club. "As long as man has walked the planet he has looked towards the stars," said Peter.
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Peter said: "Most amateurs start with a cheap pair of binoculars but you can start looking with your naked eyes.
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The first meeting of the club was held at the Lawn Community Centre on the 20 February 2009, and not really to anyone's suprise the meeting room was filled with amatuer astronomers from all over Swindon, along with special guests from First Light Optics in Exeter, who along with Peter, had brought some telescopes to show-off to the packed room.
Space is not the final frontier ...
www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk [cached]
Space is not the final frontier for amateur astronomer Peter
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Peter Struve, who founded Swindon Stargazers Buy this photo » Peter Struve, who founded Swindon Stargazers
A DESCENDANT of a Russian Tsar's court astronomer continues the family tradition in his Swindon back garden.
Peter Struve, 57, is founder and chairman of Swindon Stargazers, a thriving group of local astronomers whose website is used as a teaching resource in schools as distant as California and Ohio.
On the home page he writes: "Buried deep within the psyche of mankind is a desire to reach out and touch the heavens. To seek knowledge and understanding of whom and what we are, of where we are going and from where we have come.
"It is the voice from deep within and its name is CURIOSITY. It drives us forward on an unending journey of discovery to explore and experience this amazing universe of which we are truly a part."
Peter has been a devoted astronomer since he was eight years old. "My grandparents bought me a telescope for my birthday," he said. "A little one.
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Peter wasn't the first person in his family to cast his eyes to the heavens; he comes from a dynasty of astronomers.
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Peter read every astronomy book he could lay his hands on after that first sight of Saturn, and at 14 was given a much bigger telescope with a four-inch lens. These days he uses an even more powerful one.
"I have been fortunate to have been born in a period covering most of the space race, from Sputnik to the Shuttle and Curiosity," he said.
Watching the Apollo 11 Moon landing on a flickering black and white television in 1969 is a cherished memory. Peter pursued his passion through a career as an RAF air frame technician, a stint as a gravedigger and years working as an archaeological excavator for Cotswold Archaeological Trust.
He is now medically retired. In 1986 he graduated from the Open University with a general science degree including physics, nuclear physics, Quantum theory, chemistry, biology and earth sciences.
He lives in Park South with wife Carol, a special needs teaching assistant, and the couple have four children and two grandchildren.
Peter founded Swindon Stargazers in 2009.
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As Peter writes on the homepage: "For every fibre of our being, every molecule, every atom where forged in the furnace of every star that shines in the velvet blackness of a darkened sky.
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