Get your astronomy fix at Astronomy on Tap - Ann Arbor on Tuesday, 7 pm, Pizza House.
Built in Ann Arbor 1854, paid for by several Detroit Buisnessmen.
This was the first major research facility at the University of Michigan. At the time of it's installation, the Fitz refactor was the third largest telescope in the world. For many years, the Meridian Circle telescope was used to set the railroad time for SE Michigan. Today, both the Fitz and the Meridian Circle telescope are in working order. On viewing Nights, the Fitz is available to the public to take a look through.
Get your astronomy fix at Astronomy on Tap - Ann Arbor on Tuesday, 7 pm, Pizza House.
I just realized I forgot to post the pictures I took on Monday! 🤭
Looking for some astronomy while we’re closed? There’s an open house at Angell Hall tonight. https://umichsas.com/openhouse
Doesn’t look like much from the front, but from the side and back there’s a lot going on!
Also, I wish I had a bit more of that maple in the frame. It’s a beautiful maize with blue sky!
Such lovely weather today! I was finally able to get a good picture of the construction. They’re moving along!
Construction has started in earnest!
Unfortunately I was on a bus, so the pictures I took were awful. I’ll try and get a good one next week.
The fence has gone up. It's really happening!! (Also, it's a really big fence - you'll have to go around Cousins or Alice Lloyd for a while...)
Clearing me the trees made way for a sunflower!
I have no other updates though, except that everything that could reasonably be removed is safely in storage.
I've been cleaning up files lately, and came across some from the @AntiqueTelescopeSociety visit back in May 2009 and I though hey, that would be good to share for #throwbackThursday!
Guess that means it's been 10 years since the transit 'scope was turned. Time sure flies!
Gary Krenz on Twitter https://twitter.com/gdkrenz/status/1145318064574984192?s=12
“Happy #AsteroidDay! Here’s just one of the 22 asteroids discovered by @UMich astronomer James Craig Watson in the 19th century. https://t.co/V6mKsiREeK https://t.co/P5OmvyIFct @michiganastro @umichBentley”
Somehow, it seems very odd to be able to see the clerestory window from Palmer.
Kind of a grey morning yesterday.
The outside is ready for construction. Still a few last things to take care of inside, and not much time left to do it!
19th century meets 21st century.
I don’t know whether to be excited or sad!
Clearing the way for new construction that will allow us to do so much more! 🤩
But oh the lovely trees. 😭
Only on the back side though!
100 years ago today a solar eclipse occurred, proving General Relativity worked, and making the planet Vulcan unnecessary. http://ow.ly/bun350us8IR
The solar eclipse of May 29, 1919, was the nail in the coffin of a Newtonian Universe.
Good night Detroit Observatory. We’ll see you in two years! #astronomy #umich #history #renovations #aurevoir @ Detroit Observatory
One last look through the Fitz at Arcturus #astronomy #antiqueobservatory #renovations #umich #history
Will you be joining us next weekend? Please RSVP! https://www.facebook.com/events/867514423701386/
Weather permitting, get one last look through the Fitz before we close for renovations. Please RSVP! https://www.facebook.com/events/867514423701386/
A different bit of Michigan Astronomy history
The Friends of Boyden's International Patron Dr. Pat Seitzer from Michigan University opened the Common Mirror exhibit last Friday in the Boyden Museum. This mirror was installed in A.A. Common's telescope in his backyard in Ealing to create the biggest telescope on earth in 1890. It was bought from his estate by HCO's Edward Pickering and eventually became the mirror for the 60 inch Rockefeller telescope at Boyden. Photos by Giel and Mart-Mari Duvenhage.
Hear what our museum studies students would like to see in the new space
Join us to hear presentations about some of the projects that this year's students in the Museum Studies Program have been working on. Tonight (April 17) students will present on their projects at the Detroit Observatory and Cobblestone Farm. Details below:
Cobblestone Farm and Museum Detroit Observatory
A historic campus building that served as the university’s first scientific research laboratory is one step closer to adding needed classroom space and improved accessibility. The Board of Regents approved design plans Thursday for a new addition to the 165-year-old Detroit Observatory. The projec...
🌷It’s officially spring! 🌷
Need some astronomy history? TODAY at the special collections library https://www.lib.umich.edu/events/special-collections-after-hours-history-stars
Color woodcut depicting the movements and properties of Mercury, from Johannes de Sacro Bosco (ca. 1195 – ca.1256). "Sphaera mundi." Add: Gerardus Cremonensis: "Theorica planetarum." Venice: Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, 1478. Event Information Date & TimeMarch 12, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pmLoc....
Even the squirrels like it here!
Getting ready for our last day of classes this semester
An icy day for Astro 102
Watching the eclipse tonight? DRESS WARM!
It may be a couple years before the next eclipse, but it isn’t worth frostbite!
Boyden Observatory and the Naval Hill Planetarium
The mount and tube of the Lamont Telescope has returned to its home the Lamont-Hussey Observatory for display, after 47 years in service and 56 years in the veld.. Its former dome is transformed in the Naval Hill Planetarium, first digital planetarium in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Observatory was build in 1928 in Bloemfontein South Africa by the Michigan University for the study of double stars.
The Sun set as far south today as it will set all year. Tomorrow, more daylight!
Happy anniversary Cincinnati Observatory!
May you have 175 more years of historic astronomy!
Phew, what an evening! Thank You to everyone who helped us celebrate our 175th Anniversary last evening! Today is our actual anniversary, but we're too tired to party...
We'll post pics from last night soon!
We're postponing the viewing night at the Detroit Observatory in Ann Arbor until Wednesday this week. ☁️☁️ Fingers crossed 🤞 that the clouds actually clear!! 🌌 #astronomy #observing #telescope #umichHistory
Happy Halloween from the Detroit Observatory! Do you have a costume inspired by astronomy or UMich history? Please share!
With a forecast like this, we won't be open tonight ⛈️⛈️
With much debate and handwringing, we've decided to cancel tonight. The humidity exceeds our limit, and dew on a 160 year old telescope is a very bad thing, so rather than risk shutting down just as the evening begins, we've decided to cancel.
We're keeping our fingers crossed for Wednesday, but the current forecast calls for thunderstorms.
It’s gonna be another one of those weeks.
Today is our planned viewing night, but there’s a good chance it’ll be too humid. Our backup date is Wednesday, when thunderstorms are expected.
Given the uncertainty, I’ll make a final decision on trying for tonight at around 5 pm.
We have a viewing night next Monday (weather permitting)!
Sorry I haven’t had time to create events for the fall viewing nights...
A foggy night means no observing for our Astro class, but it does mean strange and eerie reflections in the windows. What’s outside and what’s inside?
Just an hour and a half until we open for a viewing night!
The weather looks terrible tonight, so we’re planning to use the Wednesday rain date this week!
Louisa was incredibly important to the preservation of this observatory and to it's being available to the public. We miss her.
We here at the Bentley have been saddened by the recent death of Louisa Pieper. We knew her as a frequent researcher of the BHL collections, as one of the first and longest serving docents at the UM Detroit Observatory, and as a cherished friend.
Over the course of a long and accomplished life, Louisa was a smart, vivacious, and astute advocate for uncovering and preserving our local, regional, and national histories. She championed public engagement with those histories, showing how a more complete understanding of the historical issues embodied in the structures and institutions around us could be leveraged to create a richer present and a better future. We will miss the interesting conversations about our shared passions, and her unquenchable good humor (that distinctive giggle!), but her kind voice and wise advice will continue to inform the debates going forward.
We count ourselves lucky to have known and worked with Louisa, and offer our heartfelt sympathies to her husband Al, her daughters Lisa and Gillian, and her enormous network of colleagues and friends.
The fall schedule is up on the website! Hopefully I’ll have time next week to create events here...
With light sprinkles already, and estimates of rain until 9:45, we’re calling it off for tonight.
Drat the Michigan weather! 😫
What is this green and yellow blob headed for Ann Arbor?!? That’s not supposed to be here tonight!!
We may not be opening tonight after all
Doors open 9 - 10:30 tonight at the Detroit Observatory in Ann Arbor! Get your free ticket to the telescope in the dome at the door by 10 PM!
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