Sunday Road Trip: Mount Wilson Observatory
Mountain road trip time! Took part in a field trip on Tuesday, September 18, taken by some of the volunteers at Monrovia Canyon Park. The following photos are just a small portion of the things to see and do on Mount Wilson.
First things first: The Welcome sign.
The 150 foot solar tower. This tower has a webcam on top that displays a new image every 2 minutes. The webcam can be viewed here: http://obs.astro.ucla.edu/towercam.htm#imagetop
The tower and the buildings were freshly painted before we arrived and looked great.
One of the 6 telescope enclosures that are part of the CHARA (Center For High Angular Resolution Astronomy) Array in the foreground with the 60-inch telescope beyond. The 60-inch telescope is the world's largest telescope devoted exclusively to public viewing. Public viewing info can be found here: http://www.mtwilson.edu/60in.php
The 100-inch telescope.
The inside of the 100-inch telescope building.
"Island In The Sky" - One of the many incredible views from Mount Wilson.
-Mt. Wilson is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm, March 30 through November 30. Guided and special tours are also available. There is a snack bar (Cosmic Cafe) open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, March through November. All this info and more can be found on the Mt. Wilson website at: http://www.mtwilson.edu/
-There is a museum featuring historical photos of the observatory and photos taken with the telescopes. The museum also has a 256 seat auditorium
-Support the Mt. Wilson Observatory. Information on future plans, goals and how you can help can be found here: http://www.mtwilson.edu/Support.php
Distance from Monrovia: Approximately 34 miles.
Travel time: Approximately 55 minutes. Route is along Angeles Crest Highway so times could vary greatly.
Parking: Large parking lot normally open from 10am to 4pm. This could change depending on weather or fire conditions.
Cost: National Forest Adventure Pass or Golden Age Passport is required. They can be purchased for one day ($5.00) or a year ($30.00) at several locations, including the Cosmic Cafe when it is open.