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


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Mount Wilson Observatory is operated by the Mount Wilson Institute under an agreement with the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The Observatory occupies lands belonging to the USDA Forest Service set aside under a long-term leasehold agreement between CIW and the USDA Forest Service. The Observatory subscribes to the USDA non-discrimination policy as expressed here.

Banner photographs by David Jurasevich
Watch the MWO Video

Watch a Video narrated by Hugh Downs that tells the story of Mount Wilson Observatory - past, present and future. Click here to watch this 13-minute QuickTime movie. This video was made for the Observatory by Todd and Robin Mason, producers of the PBS production The Journey to Palomar. A lower-resolution version of the video suitable for mobile devices is available here.