MWO founder George Ellery Hale atop Mt. Wilson, 1904 Huntington Library


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Mount Wilson Observatory is hereby inviting applicants to become tour docents and/or portable Lunt Telescope Operators. This volunteer position involves leading tours or operating the Lunt telescope, as well as explaining the Observatory’s unparalleled history and amazing discoveries to the public. This can be very rewarding.

The training course will consist of four Saturday sessions, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. The dates are May 7, 14, & 21, and June 4.

If you are interested in this, please download the Docent Application form and fill it out. Then, no later than May 3, email it to Don Nicholson at dnich@alumni.caltech.edu .

You will then be contacted with instructions for attending the training course.

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In the first half of the 20th Century, eminent astronomers such as Harlow Shapley and Edwin Hubble used the incomparable facilities of Mount Wilson Observatory to forever alter humankind's view of our place in a vast and expanding Universe.

Today, Mount Wilson's original solar and night-time telescopes, the world's largest for two generations of astronomers, have been joined by new facilities achieving unprecedented high-resolution views of the stars.

Copyrighted photos courtesy Steve Golden, David Jurasevich, Eric Simison, Tom Varden, and the Huntington Library.

Explore Mount Wilson in Person -

  • Take a Sat or Sun guided tour. (These tours resume weekends after 1 Apr 2015)
  • Schedule your own special tour. (Available year-round)
  • Have lunch at our Cosmic Cafe. (Cafe reopens weekends after 1 Apr 2015)
  • For an experience of a lifetime, view celestial objects through our 60-inch or 100-inch telescopes.

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