Category Archives: Observatories

A telescope tour of Arizona and New Mexico

By | November 7, 2017

The dry air and mountains of Arizona and New Mexico make these states prime astronomical destinations. You have numerous options for astronomy-related excursions in this area; this post features seven observatories that are open to the public. Most of them offer tours, other activities, and/or visitor centers. In addition to their scheduled programs and activities, many of them… Read More »

Mount Wilson’s 100-inch telescope turns 100

By | November 1, 2017

One hundred years ago today, astronomers at Mount Wilson Observatory got their first look through the observatory’s newest instrument, a 100-inch telescope that for a while was the largest in the world. At the time, this location in the San Gabriel Mountains near Pasadena was a great dark-sky site, and the telescope would prove to be tremendously useful.… Read More »

Maria Mitchell’s legacy in Nantucket

By | May 29, 2017

The Maria Mitchell Association of Nantucket hosts visitors at two observatories, an aquarium, and a natural history museum. These sites continue the educational work and research of Maria Mitchell (1818–1889), an American astronomer and educator. Tutored by her father, who believed that girls should be educated as well as boys are, Mitchell became America’s first professional female astronomer. She was also a strong advocate for women’s education and… Read More »