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Old 13th June 2018, 09:45 AM   #1
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Wink Yerkes Observatory Tours - University of Chicago Ending 121-Year Relationship

On June 2 my brothers and I visited the Yerkes Observatory, which is owned and operated by the University of Chicago. It’s located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin on Geneva Lake not far from Chicago.

Yerkes was built in 1897 and originally housed the telescope with the world’s widest aperture, a 40-inch refractor. It’s still there. It had a long history of significant astronomical discoveries by prominent astronomers.

Hour-long $10 tours are conducted every day but Sunday. You learn about the unique architecture of the building, then sit near the large telescope for a lecture about it. During scheduled evenings you can observe through the large telescope for $100.

The tour and accompanying lectures are marvelous. The reason for the fees is that the U of C will divest itself from association with the observatory on 2018 OCT 01. Local residents who perform docent duties including lecturing are in the process of raising funds so that they can keep the observatory running and continue providing tours.

If you are living in or visiting Northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin, I highly recommend touring Yerkes. Here’s a link to its website: astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes

Meanwhile, I've been in contact with the head of the local community's Yerkes Future Foundation. Ditto for the chairman of the physics department at Northern Illinois University which is not far from Yerkes Observatory. They are now in contact with each other. While an institution of higher learning is needed to maintain and operate the facility, a homebuilder is needed to develop the surrounding 77 acres near Geneva Lake.

Below is a link to an article regarding the Yerkes Future Foundation. Its proposal is essentially a place holder as it seeks prospects with deeper pockets.

https://www.chicagomaroon.com/articl...p-yerkes-open/
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Old 13th June 2018, 10:04 AM   #2
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Excellent! Last July I was there for a family member's wedding, which was held in the main entryway. After the ceremony, we got to ride the elevator floor under the main instrument because the groom wanted the wedding party to reenact the famous picture of Einstein and others standing in front of the telescope. The floor rises so smoothly that it took me a few seconds to realize that we were moving up. Then I had the sensation that the pedestal was actually sinking into the floor, instead of us rising up.
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Old 13th June 2018, 08:49 PM   #3
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There's a guy named Trump who might pay to slap his name on it.
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Old 13th June 2018, 09:24 PM   #4
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There's a guy named Trump who might pay to slap his name on it.
LOL. Not unlike the guy who originally paid to have his name on the observatory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Yerkes
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Why are they parting ways?
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Why are they parting ways?
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...308-story.html
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I was thinking of linking to a similar post at Cosmoquest then remembered who started it!
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