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Saving Mt. Wilson.

Saving Mt. Wilson

The Mt. Wilson Observatory, one of the oldest in the southwestern United States, has been mothballed since 1985. The Carnegie Institution of Washington, which owns Mt. Wilson Observatory, had decided to concentrate its resources on its observatory at Las Campanas, Chile. Now Mt. Wilson may observe again, according to a joint announcement by the Carnegie Institution and a new organization, the Mount Wilson Institute.

A nonprofit corporation formed by members of the scientific, educational and business communities with representatives of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Mount Wilson Institute will take over operation of the observatory and possibly title to the property if it can raise sufficient funds. Located 5,800 feet above Pasadena, the observatory is near the top of the inversion layer that causes the famous Los Angeles smog; the observatory is affected little by the basin's light-pollution.

The atmosphere above Mt. Wilson is very stable and so particularly good for certain kinds of stellar observations. The observatory's 100-inch (2.5-meter) Hooker telescope remains one of the world's largest.
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Title Annotation:Mt. Wilson Observatory
Publication:Science News
Date:Nov 7, 1987
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