Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Our gift from the church we attended was this very delicious banana...

The Pluto Dome

 

 

Technically this is not a telescope but rather a telephoto lens. Film...

This is the 24" Clark Telescope built in 1896 - discovered expanding...

Slipher Building (1916) - library, museum, and staff offices

 

Percival Lowell founded the observatory in 1894 to study Mars.

I spent a lot of time using one of these "slip sticks"...

That rotery "folded slide rule" is an interesting variation with far more...

Back in the days when computers were women .....

... the computers used this suitcase sized device to assist in their...


(Ron Writing) This morning we attended worship service at the Church of the Resurrection (Presbyterian) in Flagstaff, AZ. This congregation was formed only three years ago and, while growing rapidly, still does not have a permanent place of worship. They hold their worship service at a very nice large facility on a community college campus. We enjoyed a wonderful message and one of the friendliest congregations we’ve visited. After the service they had a luncheon for the entire congregation and we were invited to stay. Lots of good food and good conversation. As first time visitors, we were also given a loaf of home baked banana bread.

This afternoon we toured the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. This is one of the largest private observatories in the world with a staff of 20 PhD’s doing research here full time. The facility sets atop Mars Hill at 7,246 feet. They also have telescopes at other nearby remote locations with even less light pollution. They are currently building a huge 4.2 meter telescope in cooperation with Discovery Channel. This new telescope will be operational next year.

Only one of our planets was discovered by US astronomers; Pluto was discovered by researchers here at Lowell in 1930. Our tour today included the telescope that was used to find Pluto along with other telescopes, museum pieces, historical exhibits, and scientific exhibits. It was an interesting tour and well worth a visit if you're in this area.



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