60th Anniversary of the 200″ telescope January 26, 2009Posted by jcconwell in Astronomy.
On January 26, 1949, sixty years ago today, the 200-inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory finally saw first light. The effort to build the 200-inch telescope, then the world’s largest, began twenty one years earlier in 1928 when George Ellery Hale received a six million dollar grant for the project. The telescope’s design, construction and final calibration phases spanned the Great Depression and World War II.
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Look for the January 26 episode.