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Mount Wilson Observatory

Map & Directions Holladay Road
Pasadena, CA 91106


LA Weekly's Description

The little Astronomical Museum atop Mount Wilson is not only an unexpected educational stop-off in the San Gabriel Mountains, but a portal into the way the galaxy looked to astronomers in the 1930s and '40s. The museum features old solar and nighttime telescopes, as well as new technology for viewing the cosmos. Tickets are available for guided tours on the weekends, and the café is open Saturdays and Sundays as well.

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  • on 05/06/09

    The Griffith Observatory may get all the press, but high up in the San Gabriel Mountains is another space-gazing outpost equally worth a visit. The Mount Wilson Observatory, on a summit 5,712 feet above Pasadena, is a haven for astronomers both amateur and professional. Founded in 1904 by George Ellery Hale, who was looking for a place to continue his studies of the sun, the... More >>

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