Observatory Offers Free Open House Stargazing

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — It’s one thing to look at the stars. It’s entirely another to LOOK at the stars.

The telescope at the University of Illinois Observatory has been pointed at the heavens for 120 years. Here, astronomers gathered some of the first scientific measurements of the brightness of certain stars. Those historic achievements landed the Observatory on the National Register of Historic Places!

Click the video to go behind-the-scenes and see how the telescope worked back when it was built in 1896.

On the first Friday of every month, the Astronomy Department at the University of Illinois offers tours at the observatory. Visitors can actually look through the telescope and see the stars! Astronomers are on hand to answers questions, too.

For more information about the Observatory, visit their web site: http://www.astro.illinois.edu/about/observatory

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