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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
a glimpse of the heaven
One night on Mt. Wilson about 1908, a short, powerfully built man
with a handlebar mustache looked through the largest telescope in the
world. What he saw transformed him, and would put Los Angeles at the
forefront of a movement to make astronomy the people's science.
may never know whether Col. Griffith J. Griffith saw the rings of
Saturn or another celestial object with the then-new 60-inch reflector
telescope, but we can be sure that it inspired his vision of a
world-class observatory for the people of Los Angeles, allowing the
masses a glimpse of the heaven
Above is a sketch made by architect John C. Austin in 1932 for a science facility. He later went on to design the iconic Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.