It’s time to take a break from the bright lights of the city and the gleam of your smartphone to look up towards the sky: it’s Space Week! Created to encourage residents of our planet to become surveyors of the great unknown, this annual event is fit for enthusiasts of the cosmos who are passionate about developing their understanding of the universe.
The Earth is only a small part of our galaxy; therefore, it’s important to spend time learning about the universe beyond our planet. In honor of Space Week we’ve compiled a list of six extraordinary observatories from across the United States that will let you score some of the most mesmerizing views of our solar system.
1) McDonald Observatory
A property of the University of Texas at Austin, the McDonald Observatory throws Star Parties three times a week where patrons of all ages are welcome to attend an out-of-this-world experience. During these events, attendees can view a myriad of astronomical wonders through the location’s vast array of telescopes.
2) Meyer-Womble Observatory
This next spot isn’t for anyone suffering from acrophobia! With a building that stands at an astonishing 14,148 ft. in height, the Meyer-Womble Observatory on Mount Evans, Colorado in the Arapaho National Forest is the highest operating observatory in the West and the third highest one in the world!
3) Magdalena Ridge Observatory
Built and operated by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, the Magdalena Ridge Observatory, located in Socorro County, New Mexico, is comprised of two major facilities. One of these areas features an operational 2.4 meter telescope, while the more recent addition has an astounding piece of equipment that allows astronomical objects to be seen with 100x the resolution of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
4) Griffith Observatory
If you think that the only kind of stargazing that happens in Los Angeles, California involves a search for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, you’re sorely mistaken! Positioned on Mount Hollywood within Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory offers not only a stunning view of the sky to patrons, but also provides a variety of free space and science exhibits. Plus, this spot is also one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the iconic Hollywood sign!
5) Kitt Peak National Observatory
The Kitt Peak National Observatory is found on Kitt Peak within the Quinlan Mountains in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert. What makes this location extra special is that with two radio telescopes and 24 optical ones, it’s home to the widest and most diverse collection of astronomical equipment in the world.
6) Cincinnati Observatory
Made up of two different observatory buildings, the Cincinnati Observatory on top of Mt. Lookout in Cincinnati, Ohio is where you’ll find the oldest telescope in the country that is able to be used by the general public. This spot is now a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
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