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Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout IV: Farewell for Now

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout IV: Farewell for Now
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Last night’s blood moon brought crowds to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. The parking lot is always open and it’s a good spot for viewing the night skies. The Observatory itself closes to the public at 5pm but last night the staff left the gate open and people wandered, enjoying the grounds. Despite all the light […]

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout IV: Farewell for Now

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout IV: Farewell for Now

Last night’s blood moon brought crowds to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. The parking lot is always open and it’s a good spot for viewing the night skies. The Observatory itself closes to the public at 5pm but last night the staff left the gate open and people wandered, enjoying the grounds. Despite all the light […]

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout III: the Monastery

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout III: the Monastery

This was my first view of the Monastery at Mt. Wilson Observatory. Compare it to this photo.  Here’s how to orient yourself to it: I took this from near the front door, looking between the main building and the cottage. The pooch in the linked photo was standing beside that chimney, behind the van. No. […]

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout III: the Monastery

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout III: the Monastery

This was my first view of the Monastery at Mt. Wilson Observatory. Compare it to this photo.  Here’s how to orient yourself to it: I took this from near the front door, looking between the main building and the cottage. The pooch in the linked photo was standing beside that chimney, behind the van. No. […]

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout II

Mt. Wilson Observatory Hideout II

I kept getting up from my dinner last night to photograph the sunset. I finally had to stop because I was hungry. My kitchen window at my Mt. Wilson hideout looks out over Pasadena and Altadena, to the west of where I sit. I’m fortunate to have a weekend getaway in a cabin at Mt. […]

Mt. Wilson Hideout I

Mt. Wilson Hideout I

If you don’t know how much I love the Mt. Wilson Observatory then you’re new here. Welcome! Mt. Wilson is a muse for me. I’ve visited many times. I find endless subjects for photos. I love the history. The views are breathtaking. And the Cosmic Cafe serves a fine hot dog. Unfortunately for me, there will be […]

Carnegie Observatories, III

Carnegie Observatories, III

Today we know this as the Andromeda galaxy, or M31. But it was known as the Andromeda nebula when this negative was taken. Edwin Hubble crossed out the “n” (which meant nova) and wrote “VAR!” in bright red, indicating he had found a variable star in the Andromeda nebula. “That first discovery of a variable […]

Carnegie Observatories, II

Carnegie Observatories, II

Dr. Cindy Hunt, Caltech PhD and head of Social Media for the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, pushes open the door to the vault. My mouth gapes wider than the door. This is just the kind of thing I love: an archive—a photo archive of a different sort. This archive is replete with glass plates—negatives of […]

Carnegie Observatories, I

Carnegie Observatories, I

Here’s a familiar face. Everybody knows Albert Einstein spent a good deal of time in Pasadena in the 1930’s, lecturing at Caltech, visiting JPL and Mount Wilson, and generally being a science ambassador around Los Angeles. Here’s a center of astronomy that Einstein visited but many Pasadenans don’t know about: the Carnegie Observatories. I don’t […]

Inside the Solar Telescope

Inside the Solar Telescope

Through a dark door beneath a gleaming tower, we enter the small building that houses Mount Wilson Obervatory‘s 150-Foot Solar Telescope. Fluorescent lights shine on interesting photos and diagrams that line the walls. This bust of George Ellery Hale looks like the one I photographed at Caltech in 2009, but I learned that it’s not the […]

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