Fan favorite Star Wars character R2-D2 has rolled on to the hills of Southern Germany thanks to a professor from the University of Applied Sciences in Zweibrücken.
Professor Hubert Zitt, his father-in-law and a group of his students repainted the Zweibrücken Observatory of the National Science Association -- which already possessed a perfect shape for the character -- until it resembled the little astromech droid from the Star Wars saga.
R2-D2 (originally played by Kenny Baker and voiced by Ben Burtt) first appeared in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977 alongside C-3PO, with whom he is usually seen. Over the past four decades, he has maintained his status as one of the most popular characters in the franchise.
The work on the observatory was completed in September 2018. The building recently caught the eye of of Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who brought attention to it on Twitter .
Around the university, Professor Zitt is well known for his lectures on the scientific realism (or lack thereof) behind various worlds of science fiction, such as those of Star Wars and Star Trek. There are several images of the Artoo replica available thanks to students and wanderers captivated by the giant droid watching from his hilltop.
Thanks to the general shape of observatories, others have been treated in similar ways across the world. One of the most notable examples is Goodsell Observatory at Carleton College in Minnesota, which was done up to look like R2-D2 in 2010.
(via Laughing Squid)