May 17, 2023 Program Meeting

Title: Focus on Palomar Observatory

Speakers: Steve Flanders, Kin Searcy, others

Palomar Observatory will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the 200-inch Hale telescope on June 3, 2023. In commemoration, SDAA will focus on the history, construction, and science of the observatory and the iconic telescope that was the largest effective telescope in the world from its dedication until Keck in 1993. Although no longer the largest, Palomar Observatory is an active research observatory with modern instrumentation, on sky an average of 300 nights per year, that has facilitated groundbreaking discoveries such as quasars, brown dwarfs, supernovae, exoplanets, and the familiar Green Comet.

The image above is of the dedication on June 3, 1948.

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