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Kirkwood Observatory
Kirkwood Observatory
Organization Indiana University
Location Bloomington, Indiana
Coordinates 39°09′57″N, 86°31′33″W
Altitude 243.84 meters (800 feet)
Webpage [1]
Telescopes
Warner & Swasey Refracting Telescope 0.3 meter / 12 inch
Solar telescope heliostat, spectrograph, Digital hydrogen-alpha imaging

Kirkwood Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Indiana University. It is located in Bloomington, Indiana (USA). It is named for Daniel Kirkwood (1814 - 1895) an astronomer and professor of mathematics at Indiana University who discovered the divisions of the asteroid belt known as the Kirkwood Gaps. Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... Location Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates , Government County Monroe Mayor Mark Kruzan Geographical characteristics Area     City 51. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... Image:Refracting telescope scan. ... The metre, or meter (symbol: m) is the SI base unit of length. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of length. ... Solar telescopes are special purpose telescopes used to observe sun. ... A Heliostat is a device that tracks the movement of the sun. ... For Acoustic uses in spectrographs of sound waves, see below. ... In physics and astronomy, H-alpha, also written Hα, is a particular emission line created by hydrogen. ... A giant Hubble mosaic of the Crab Nebula. ... MolÄ—tai Astronomical Observatory An observatory is a location used for observing terrestrial and/or celestial events. ... Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... Location Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates , Government County Monroe Mayor Mark Kruzan Geographical characteristics Area     City 51. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... Daniel Kirkwood (September 27, 1814 - June 11, 1895) was an American astronomer. ... 1814 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... An astronomer or astrophysicist is a person whose area of interest is astronomy or astrophysics. ... Image of the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. ... Kirkwood gaps are gaps that appear in a graph if we classify the asteroids according to their periods, which is proportional to their mean radius from the Sun. ...


Built in 1900 and dedicated on May 15, 1901, the observatory was thoroughly renovated during the 2001-2002 academic year. Although the facility is no longer used for research, its original refracting telescope, built by Warner & Swasey Company with a 12-inch (.03m) Brashear objective lens, also received a complete restoration. 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday. ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Image:Refracting telescope scan. ... John Alfred Brashear (November 24, 1840 – April 8, 1920) was an American astronomer and instrument builder. ...


Directors

  • John A. Miller (1901-1906)
  • Wilbur A. Cogshall (1907-1944)
  • Frank K. Edmondson (1944-1978)

Kirkwood Observatory also has an instructional solar telescope. Solar telescopes are special purpose telescopes used to observe sun. ...

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See also

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The following is a list of astronomical observatories, along with initial dates of operation and location, if available. ...

Reference

  1. Kirkwood Observatory Homepage. Kirkwood Observatory. Retrieved on December 14, 2005.
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December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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