Mount Wilson Hooker telescope, USA

Mount Wilson Hooker telescope, USA

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Caption: Mount Wilson Hooker telescope. This telescope was named after a benefactor when it was built in 1917. At about 100 inches (2.5 meters), it was the largest telescope in the world until 1948. Many important advances in astronomy took place here, including Hubble's pioneering observation of the redshift of distant galaxies. The telescope was inactive between 1986 and 1994, but has been upgraded and is now being used for further astronomical research. The dome that houses the Hooker telescope is part of the Mount Wilson Observatory, which sits at an elevation of 1742 metres within the San Gabriel mountain range in California, USA.

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