Kenwood Observatory, Chicago, USA

Kenwood Observatory, Chicago, USA

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Credit: Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago, courtesy EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Kenwood Observatory, Chicago, USA. Built for US astronomer George E. Hale (1868-1938) by his father William, this observatory was in the yard next to the family home at 4545 Drexel Boulevard. Construction began after George Hale graduated from MIT in 1890, and the observatory was dedicated in June 1891. In 1892, under an agreement for George Hale to become astrophysics professor, the observatory was taken over by the University of Chicago until the larger Yerkes Observatory was ready. Work was carried out at Kenwood by Hale and others until 1897 when the dome, the 12-inch refractor, the spectrograph and spectroheliograph were moved to Yerkes.

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