Tours to Observatories in the USA
Adler Planetarium in Chicago
Today, the structure, which some compare to a space ship, houses three different theatres, special exhibits, and an observatory. It’s located on the banks of Lake Michigan and boasts a top-notch view of the Chicago skyline. It was one of the best places in the city to see the 2017 eclipse.
Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin
Affiliated with the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, the Yerkes Observatory was established in 1897 on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The observatory houses a 40” single lens refracting telescope and sits on a 77-acre park that was designed by John Olmsted, brother of the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The historic building is notable for its many arches and the way the design incorporated both a domed observatory and a space for education and events.
Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles
The building includes the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, an observatory, and an exhibition space. It’s a mishmash of grand and monument styles.
Visit Observatories Around the World
Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico
Completed in 1963, the Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope in Puerto Rico. Up until 2011, the observatory was managed by Cornell University. The observatory has a 1,000 ft (305 m) radio telescope which is one of the world’s largest single-aperture telescopes. The telescope is used for radio astronomy, aeronomy, and radar astronomy. The telescope is vastly known for taking part in the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) project.
Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), Coonabarabran (NSW), Australia
Standing at an altitude of 1164 meters (3819 ft), the AAO operates two telescopes: the 3.9 meters Anglo-Australian Telescope and 1.2 meters UK Schmidt Telescope.
University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory (TAO), Chile
Like the VLT and other telescopes, the observatory of the University of Tokyo is also located at the Atacama desert in Chile. The observatory is placed on the summit of Cerro Chajnantor, at an altitude of 5,640 m (18,500 ft) which makes it the highest astronomical observatory in the world.