Assembling the Hooker Telescope building, c. 1916

Made:
1916-1918 in Mount Wilson, California and United States
maker:
Mount Wilson Solar Observatory

One of 41 bromide prints related to and showing various stages in the construction of the Hooker 100-inch reflecting telescope at Mount Wilson, California. This view looking south shows the observatory dome under erection.

This photograph, one of a series, shows the construction of the observatory building for Hooker Telescope. The reflecting telescope with its 100-inch glass mirror was the largest instrument of its type when completed in 1917. The brainchild of George Ellery Hale it is located at over 5,000 feet overlooking the city of Los Angeles. Although light pollution from the encroaching city has degraded the once dark skies, the telescope is still used today. Using adaptive optics, which removes the blurring effects of the atmosphere, the telescope can now see much finer detail. These modifications have extended the useful working life of this venerable telescope, so that it is still at the vanguard of astronomical research.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1918-176/16
Materials:
card, complete and paper
type:
observatories
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
credit:
Mount Wilson Solar Observatory

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.