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Thu, Oct 06


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, & see the actual instruments used to make some of astronomy's most important discoveries. Recommended for 4th-6th grade (flexible). Parents are welcome, no cost

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

Time & Location

Oct 06, 2022, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Mt. Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles, CA, USA

About the event

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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: October 6th 2022
  • 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 areas and parents may be asked to wait outside. We want the experience to be focused on the children.
  • Limited space available for students. 
  • Cost is $40 per student
  • Register for student tickets only
  • Tickets are non-refundable

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.


  • Student Ticket

    All students will need a ticket. Parent are welcome at no cost! Parents may be asked to wait outside of a few of the smaller areas.

    +$1.00 service fee
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