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Yerkes (Observatory of)

Yerkes (Observatory of)


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It is one of the most famous astronomical observatories in the world, although it does not have a large telescope.

It belongs to the University of Chicago and is located in Wiliams Bay, Wisconsin (United States), at an altitude of 334 m.

Founded by the great astronomer George Hellery Hale with funding provided by businessman C. T. Yerkes, it was inaugurated in 1897 and equipped with a 102 cm refractor, the largest existing instrument of its kind in the world.

Between 1947 and 1960 the observatory was directed by the famous astronomer Gerard Pieter Kuiper (1905-1973), discoverer of the asteroid belt that bears his name.


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