Mount Wilson 60-inch Telescope Viewing Session
PCA - Grand Prix Region
Registration closed May 6, 2016 11:59 PM on May 6, 2016 11:59 PM PDT Registration ends May 6, 2016 11:59 PM on May 6, 2016 11:59 PM PDT Registration opens April 4, 2016 7:00 AM on April 4, 2016 7:00 AM PDT Registration runs from April 4, 2016 7:00 AM to May 6, 2016 11:59 PM
View the Universe Through Mount Wilson Observatory's Historic 60-inch Telescope
Mount Wilson Observatory’s 60-inch telescope saw first light in 1908. Funded by Andrew Carnegie, the telescope was the world’s largest until the Mount Wilson 100-inch was completed in 1918. During the WWI years, Harlow Shapley used it to overturn the long accepted view that the sun was at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Shapley used the great light gathering power of the 60-inch to show that our solar system is instead half way out toward the edge of our Galaxy. The telescope was a workhorse instrument for astronomy for over half a century and used by astronomical luminaries such as Edwin Hubble, Walter Baade and Allan Sandage to unravel the secrets of stars and galaxies.
Today, the 60-inch is the largest telescope in the world devoted entirely to public viewing of astronomical objects. Its large light collecting mirror and the exquisite skies over Mount Wilson provide an unrivaled and unique experience.
The Porsche Club – Grand Prix Region is pleased to announce that we have reserved a very special evening of viewing at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory 60-inch telescope.
Here are some photos from our 2014 viewing session