Thursday, May 24, 2012
More Skywatching at Goethe Link Observatory
In my previous posting, we saw some photos of the Library's staff field trip to the Goethe Link Observatory. Want to see more pictures? You bet you do.
The Observatory casting a long shadow
Big Telescope scanning the heavens
for Mars and Saturn and other universe stuff
Boss Lady & Handyman Dude
should be looking up, right?
This dude is really huge
when you're standing close by
Attitude controls help you know where to point
This behemoth is moved by a tiny half-horsepower electric motor
Computer monitor tells you what you're looking at
Looking through the roof slit tells you the same thing. Pretty much.
Stargazerman explains it all
(Note those neat wooden battens)
Nifty observatory factoid: The dome is constructed entirely of wood. Well, there are some metal tracks on which the whole business spins around. Pretty cool!
Auditorium downstairs is just the place for
astronomy classes to meet and learn
Flat First gives an astronomical lecture
(Thanks for the boost, T.L.W.T.R.H.)
Lots of great photos on display there
Flat First in the observatory's research library
Guess my library card won't work here
Goethe Link's old summer cottage is about a
hundred yards from the observatory
Hey! The observatory used to have a baby dome!
The outbuilding was used to study asteroids
back in the 1950s and 1960s
(but has since been removed)
It was quite an adventure. We got to see Venus (through another telescope in the field behind the observatory), Saturn (with its rings and larger moons), and Mars (I think--Flat First didn't personally get to see the Red Planet, but I think some other folks did).
You should visit Goethe Link Observatory sometime. (It's on the Indiana Landmarks blog.) The observatory is located at 8403 Observatory Road, Martinsville, IN 46151, on the west side of state road 67.
For information on events, contact Jeff Patterson at the Indiana Astronomical Society or via email. Visit the Indiana University-Bloomington Department of Astronomy, Goethe Link Observatory web page for more information.
STILL Waiting for My Sandwich, Boss Lady,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Staff Field Trip News Beat
P.S. Here's a YouTube video of moon-gazing that features as its soundtrack "Skywatching," by Michael Gettel, from the album by the same name (1993). The camera operator seems a little distracted from the video's primary objective.