May 14th, 2009


400 Years of the Telescope

I attended the free astronomy lecture at the Griffith Observatory last night. It was a talk about the history of the telescope and how each new telescope brought new discoveries. Galileo in 1609. Mt. Wilson in 1917. Hubble in 1993. And in 2018, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be completed at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. It will produce images more than 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Dr. Wendy Freedman, the director of Carnegie Observatories and the chair of the GMT project, gave the lecture in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. Dr. Ed Krupp, the director of the Griffth Observatory introduced Dr. Freedman. I came away with the usual stars-in-my-eyes poetic dream state an astronomy lecture can induce in me. I also enjoyed the view from the observatory roof.