Mt. Wilson Observing Plans for Comet Shoemaker-Levy
A Jupiter Encounter at the Mt. Wilson Observatory
The Mount Wilson Observatory
is preparing a Jupiter Encounter on Saturday,
July 16, 1994, to observe the Fragment B event. The 100 inch telescope,
a 24 inch Schmitt-Cassegrain and a refractor will be used with various
CCD cameras and other detectors to observe the event. A large Mitsubishi
monitor was brought in to support this event and will be showing CCD images
of Jupiter from the telescopes.
Visitors are allowed
to bring their own telescopes if they so desire.
Admission to this
event is free, however AN OBSERVATORY VEHICLE PASS IS REQUIRED TO BE ALLOWED
ON THE MOUNT WILSON GROUNDS. To order a vehicle pass, send a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to:
Mount Wilson Jupiter Watch
The Planetary Society
65 N. Catalina Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
Supply is limited and requests will be processed in the order received.
This Jupiter Encounter is being sponsored by the Planetary Society, the
Mount Wilson Institute, and the Mount Wilson Observatory Association.
For more information on the event, you can call (818) 395-7579.
There will also be a link to the
Jet Propulsion Lab during its Open House on July 16 and 17.
Schedule for July 16, 1994
- 5:00 PM - Gates open. This event is closed to the general public.
You must display an official vehicle pass on your vehicle's dashboard in order
to be allowed onto Observatory grounds. No one will be admitted without it.
You may arrive earlier in the day if you wish, and stay after the gates close
to the pulic, but YOU MUST HAVE THIS PASS TO BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN.
- 5:30 PM - Talks begin.
- "Jupiter: From Galileo to Galileo, with a Comet Tossed In" by Melanie
Melton, Assistant Director of the Telscopes in Education Program.
- "Comet and Asteroid Searches and the Discovery of Shoemaker-Levy 9" by
Perry Rose, Astronomer.
- "Life on Jupiter" by Dr. Robert Jastrow, Director of the Mount Wilson
- 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Bring your own food and enjoy a picnic in the
parking lot, enjoy a self-guided tour of the grounds, or set up your own
- 8:04 PM - Sunset. Monitors will be displaying CCD images of Jupiter from the
100-inch Hooker telescope and the 24-inc TIE telescope. Or bring your own
telescope and take advantage of Mt. Wilson's world-renowned vantage point.
- 1:00 AM - Jupiter sets in the West, Observatory closes.
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