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60-inch Telescope—Atlas Obscura L.A. Event

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Group: Atlas Obscura Society L.A.

When: Saturday, September 23, 6–11:45 pm

Where: Mt. Wilson Observatory

Cost: $75

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Collecting ancient light in a 60-inch mirror, the Hale Telescope reflects images in your eye of beautiful objects, some that lie millions of light years away from earth.

In 1903, astrophysicist George Ellery Hale went hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains. Resting at the summit of Mount Wilson, he gazed at his surroundings and realized he had found the perfect place to build an observatory. Five years later, at the very same spot, he revealed the world’s largest telescope, a 60-inch reflector that attracted preeminent scientists such as Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble. In fact, it was with this telescope that Harlow Shapley discovered that the Sun’s position was not the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Join Field Agent Erin Johnson for an exclusive evening of observation with the historic 60-inch telescope. Assisted by a telescope operator and a session director, we will investigate objects in the night sky.

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