Mt. Wilson Tour

An Evening at the Mt. Wilson Observatory


mtwilson100inThe Historic 100″ Hooker Telescope

As part of our workshop, we have planned to spend the evening of June 3rd at the Mt. Wilson Observatory. This historical observatory is located in the San Gabriel Mountains about 25 miles from the Occidental Campus.

We have made arrangements to spend an evening at the Observatory, which will include a private tour of the grounds, a boxed dinner (they’re actually very good), and a half night viewing through the historic 60″ and 100″ telescopes. Up until this year, the 60″ telescope was the largest scope in the world available full time for public observing. However after a major upgrade, the giant 100″ telescope has now been made available for public viewing.

It’s hard to imagine the thrill of standing at the same eyepiece used by Harlow Shapley and Edwin Hubble to view the night sky. Many great discoveries were made with the 100-inch telescope, including Edwin Hubble’s landmark work on the expansion of the Universe and the establishment of the cosmic distance scale. The first optical interferometer ever used for astronomical research was used on the 100-inch telescope to measure the sizes of distant stars for the first time in 1919. The views from Mt. Wilson are breathtaking, and the knowledgeable Mt. Wilson staff helps make it truly a night to remember.

We won’t repeat all of the history of Mt. Wilson, you can read it on their web site here. You can also read about the 60″ inch telescope here,  and an LA Times article about the 100″ here.

If you are interested in spending the night at Mt. Wilson, simply indicate it on your registration form. Also note that unfortunately, the observatory site and the 60″ and 100″ domes in particular are not ADA compliant.  You must be able to climb two flights of slightly steeper than normal stairs to get to the observing deck of these scopes. Please call us if you have any questions.

MtWilson60inThe Mount Wilson 60″ Telescope

Prior Cygnus Conferences