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Psalm 19 - The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii

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Hawaii:

Mauna Kea Observatories http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/mko/
Hawaii is Earth's connecting point to the rest of the Universe.  The summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii hosts the world's largest astronomical observatory, with telescopes operated by astronomers from eleven countries. The combined light-gathering power of the telescopes on Mauna Kea is fifteen times greater than that of the Palomar telescope in California -- for many years the world's largest -- and sixty times greater than that of the Hubble Space Telescope.

The highest point in the Pacific Basin, and the highest island-mountain in the world, Mauna Kea rises 9,750 meters (32,000 ft) from the ocean floor to an altitude of 4,205 meters (13,796 ft) above sea level, which places its summit above 40 percent of the Earth's atmosphere.  

Mauna Kea Telescopes Optical/Infrared
     
UH 0.6m UH 0.6-m telescope 0.6m  University of Hawaii 1968
UH 2.2m UH 2.2-m telescope 2.2m  University of Hawaii 1970
IRTF NASA Infrared Telescope Facility 3.0m  NASA 1979
CFHT Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope 3.6m  Canada/France/UH 1979
UKIRT United Kingdom Infrared Telescope 3.8m  United Kingdom 1979
Keck I W. M. Keck Observatory 10m  Caltech/University of  California 1992
Keck II W. M. Keck Observatory 10m  Caltech/University of  California 1996
Subaru Subaru Telescope 8.3m  Japan 1999
Gemini Gemini Northern Telescope 8.1m  USA/UK/ Canada/Argentina/Australia/Brazil/Chile 1999

Submillimeter
CSO Caltech Submillimeter Observatory 10.4m  Caltech/NSF 1987
JCMT James Clerk Maxwell Telescope 15m  UK/Canada/Netherlands 1987
SMA Submillimeter Array 8x6m  Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/Taiwan 2002

Radio
VLBA Very Long Baseline Array 25m  NRAO/AUI/NSF 1992


Texas:

McDonald Observatory - http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/mcdonald.html
McDonald Observatory is located in the Davis Mountains, 450 miles west of Austin, Texas.
Currently, McDonald operates four research telescopes at our West Texas site:

McDonald Observatory, a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, is one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach. Observatory facilities are located atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which offer some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. The Observatory's administrative offices are on the UT-Austin campus. The Observatory works with the University's Department of Astronomy on both research and teaching.


9.2m Hobby-Eberly Telescope
2.7m Harlan J. Smith Telescope
2.1m Otto Struve Telescope
0.8m Telescope


Washington, D.C

The U.S. Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the country. Established in 1830 as the Depot of Charts and Instruments, its primary mission was to care for the U.S. Navy's chronometers, charts and other navigational equipment. Today, USNO is the preeminent authority in the areas of Precise Time and Astrometry, and distributes Earth Orientation parameters and other Astronomical Data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy. USNO headquarters in Washington, DC is the administrative and scientific hub of Observatory operations and is home to the James Melville Gilliss Library, one of the most complete collections of astronomical literature in the world. USNO operates a remote observing station at Flagstaff, AZ and an Alternate Master Clock Facility at Colorado Springs, CO.

Web URL: http://www.usno.navy.mil

The U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. conducts a free 90 minute tour of its facilities on alternating Monday evenings from 8:30 pm until 10:00 pm, except on Federal holidays.

Akansas


onthe web: http://www.whisperingpineobservatories.com/


We are located south of Harrison, Arkansas off of Highway 206. We have hosted star parties in conjunction with the North Arkansas Astronomy Club, and also occasionally have private observing for small groups and families. Those interested may call for an appointment at 870-743-6748 or E-Mail us at jmontecamp@yahoo.com

We specialize in CCD imaging, especially photometry of variable stars, working in conjunction with Jeff Robertson at Arkansas

Tech University to provide data on cataclysmic variable stars for Indiana University, and the CBA (Center for Backyard Astrophysics). Our work has been published in astronomical journals. But, true to our heart as amateur astronomers, my wife and I especially enjoy showing guests the marvelous wonders of the night sk

California


Griffith Observatory

onthe web: http://www.griffithobs.org/

Griffith Observatory is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the 400th anniversary of Galileo's pioneering telescope observations. To mark this important milestone in human history, we will hold special public events throughout 2009, including the debut of an exciting new show in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has owned and operated Griffith Observatory since 1935. It is also responsible for Griffith Park and for parks, recreation centers, and programs throughout the City of Los Angeles.


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