Blind Astronomer Sees the Stars Better Than All of Us


Tim Duce was born with congenital cataracts in both eyes. Because of this, he is almost completely blind – he is able to see only 10% of what others can.
This couldn’t stop him from dreaming to see the starts. When he was a little boy, he started dealing with astronomy, even as an amateur.
Imagine what he could see through the largest telescope in the world which is being built in Hawaii at the moment.
As a teenager, Tim underwent surgery that removes the lens of the eye, and it radically changed his life.

The absence of lens prevents his pupils of shrinking when exposed to strong light. During the day he can’t see almost anything and must wear sunglasses to protect his eyes. At night, however, constantly open his pupils allow him to see the world like no other.
That is the difference between how an ordinary person and Tim see the night sky.


Duce’s eyes are kind of telescope – as his pupils are permanently open, they collect more light and he sees many more stars in the sky than any other person.

Tim tells about the first time he looked through a telescope: “I said I see something that looks like a donut and a few small stars in the center.”

In response, astronomers cut down around him that he cannot see these things with this type of telescope. Well, obviously he can …

Using their savings, Tim Duce and his wife Amanda, who is also blind, opened the observatory DeepSkyEye  in Nova Scotia this year.


Thanks to the operation, Tim’s eyes are like a camera without a lens and absorb much more light. “I see a little more light than most people,” says he modestly.

Although, he is considered as legally blind, his ability to see the universe better than anyone else, shows how big the possibilities of the human body and spirit.


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