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


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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, 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 at our Cosmic Cafe. (Cafe reopens weekends after 1 Apr 2015)
  • View celestial objects through our 60-inch Telescope. (2015 scheduling opens in January)

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Photo courtesy Eric Simison, Sea West Enterprises

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