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Starry Night of Palomar

By: Wally Pacholka

 

Region: Americas

Site: Mount Palomar - USA

Date: June 2010

The summer Milky Way in the northern hemisphere, from constellations Scorpius to Cygnus appears above Palomar Observatory in the Southern California. The Observatory is located in north San Diego County, California. Founded in 1930s it is still a world-class research center. The observatory is home to five telescopes including the 200-inch (5 meters) Hale telescope and its giant dome which is photographed above. The 200-inch telescope is named after astronomer George Ellery Hale who led the making of the world's largest telescopes in the first half of 20th century. Hale telescope saw first light in 1949 and astronomer Edwin Hubble was the first astronomer to use it. The 200-inch telescope was the world's largest for nearly 3 decades and updated with adaptive optics and high technology detectors it is still considered a frontier observing instrument. With a short distance of large cities San Diego and Los Angeles, astronomy community is struggling to preserve the starry sky of Palomar. Wally Pacholka/Astropics.com

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