Ten great observatories in the West: Mt. WIlson in Southern California

Mount Wilson Observatory This working observatory at the summit of Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains is home to one of the world’s largest telescopes accessible to the public. Check out the view from the Mount Wilson Observatory at 5,700 feet in elevation. Visitors can tour the observatory every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 1 to Nov. 30. The Mount Wilson Observatory, shown here in 1916, opened in 1904 under the direction of founder George Ellery Hale.
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