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Mt. Wilson Observatory

Astronomy Adventure on Mt. Wilson

An adventure for the mind led by a Carnegie Observatory astronomer. Students will be taught four lessons, will visit all of the telescopes, and see the actual instruments used to make some of astronomy's most important discoveries. Recommended for 4th-6th grade (flexible) and parents are welcome.

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Astronomy Adventure on Mt. Wilson
Astronomy Adventure on Mt. Wilson

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Mt. Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles, CA, USA

About the event

Registration is for our no-commitment waiting list only. Please sign up and we will contact you once our date is confirmed. If you have students in grades 7th-12th and are interested in other Mt. Wilson daytime or nighttime trips, please register and let us know in the comments box.


Mount Wilson Observatory, one of the most historically important observatories in the world, sits above

Pasadena, a hub for Astronomy. This 4.5 hour day-time program for the HFAC community is led by astronomers from the world-renowned institute of Carnegie Observatory. This STEM Program was designed to complement and meet Next Generation Science (NGS) standards and includes the Helen Snow Solar Telescope, the 50-ft solar telescope, the 60-inch and 100-inch reflector telescopes. 

  • Date: We are waiting to hear back from a Carnegie Astronomer for the best date. Keep watching!
  • 10:30am-3pm with a break for lunch
  • Age: The lessons taught will be geared towards 4th-6th grade levels.
  • Parents are welcome to come and will not need a ticket. Please note that space is limited inside some of the telescopes and parents may be asked to wait outside. We want the experience to be focused on the children.
  • Limited space available for students. Register Early through our no-commitment waitlist tickets.
  • Cost is $40 per student
  • Register for student tickets only

The four lessons...

OUR PLACE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM: Held in our 150-ft solar tower, students learn about the scale of planets in comparison to the Sun. If weather permits, student will observe the surface of the Sun and learn about sunspots amongst other solar activity. These solar telescopes were paramount in spurring the era of solar science. The 60 and 100-inch reflector telescopes have been some of the most successful and productive telescopes in history.

SPECTROSCOPY:  Using our Helen Snow Solar Telescope, students learn first-hand how to analyze data the

electromagnetic spectrum provides, using diffraction grating glasses. If weather permits, students will observe

the solar spectrum.

OUR PLACE IN THE GALAXY, COSMOLOGY: Students learn about the discovery of our place in the

galaxy and the discovery of the broader universe while inside our historic 60-inch telescope, where these

discoveries were originally made.

OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE, PHYSICS OF ASTROMONY: Held in our 100-inch telescope, students learn

about the expansion of the Universe, how we discovered the Universe, and concludes with a demonstration on


Mount Wilson Observatory was founded in 1904 by George Ellery Hale. Hale, often considered one of America's greatest astronomers, made lasting contributions to astrophysics as well as the overall growth of science and scientific institutions. During this STEM programs, students will benefit from the legacy of this science pioneer, using tools he

developed for astrophysics.

*$5 of the ticket cost will go towards our financial assistance fund to help us include everyone. Thank you!


  • Waitlist - Student Ticket

    Please only register for students. We will contact you when the date is set!

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