Tuesday, April 14, 2015

170th Anniversary: America's 1st Public Observatory

Image of original Cincinnati Observatory on Mt. Adams.
Image, circa 1845, of the original Cincinnati Observatory which was located atop
Mount Adams, just east of Downtown Cincinnati. On 1845 April 14, the Cincinnati
Observatory began operation as America's first public observatory. A year and a-half
earlier, former U.S. President John Quincy Adams delivered his last public address at the
laying of the cornerstone for the original observatory building.
(Image Source: Cincinnati Observatory Center)

By Aashi Mital, Cincinnati Observatory Historical Consultant, Researcher, and Archivist
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower

Tucked away at the end of a shy street in a quiet Cincinnati neighborhood, reside two buildings from a different time, telling a story quite their own. Entranced by their beauty, you make your way up the narrow drive, feeling the awesome power of history’s embrace.

Getting lost in the gracefulness of tall trees and the grandeur of great houses, your attention turns to the picturesque silver domes. And with this very sight, you know that you've come across something truly special - the Cincinnati Observatory.

Known as the Birthplace of American Astronomy, the Cincinnati Observatory was the first public observatory in the western hemisphere. It houses the oldest public telescope in the world. On April 14, 2015, the Cincinnati Observatory will be celebrating 170 years of astronomy, history and heritage.

More - Link >>> http://buhlplanetarium2.tripod.com/weblog/spacewatchtower/mitala/COC_170th_Article-_Aashi_Mital_.pdf

Source: Aashi Mital, Cincinnati Observatory Historical Consultant, Researcher, and Archivist:
More - Link >>> http://buhlplanetarium2.tripod.com/weblog/spacewatchtower/mitala/index.html
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss.

Related Blog Posts ---

Presidents' Day: The Astronomy President - John Quincy Adams (2014 Feb. 17):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2014/02/presidents-day-astronomy-president.html


America's 2nd Public Observatory: Allegheny Observatory, Pittsburgh (2012 Aug. 28):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/08/centennial-new-allegheny-observatory.html


America's 5th Public Observatory: Buhl Planetarium Observatory, Pittsburgh (2011 Nov. 19):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2011/11/70th-anniversary-buhl-planetarium.html

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