The Milky way and bright stars of Winter Hexagon (including Sirius, the brightest star in entire night sky) are photographed above Palomar Observatory in the Southern California. The Observatory is located in north San Diego County, California (the light dome in the south is made by San Diego). Founded in 1930s, Palomar is still a world-class research center. The observatory is home to five telescopes including the 200-inch (5 meters) Hale telescope and its giant dome which is photographed here. The telescope (completed in 1949) is named after astronomer George Ellery Hale who led the making of the world largest telescopes in the first half of 20th century. Hale telescope was the world largest for nearly 3 decades. © P.K. Chen



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  • Will C Wright Reply

    My wife and I visited Palomar in 2000. Besides being impressed seeing the dome, The Hale and beautiful mountain top surroundings, I taken by the large sized astrophotos of the nebula – so bought a couple. – read the book available on the building of Palomar.
    Well last November I made an astronomical discoveries: APOD and TWAN,
    Thank you TWAN apod and NASA and all the wonderful astrophotographers and astronomers who have contributed over the years! You have opened my eyes, mind and feelings so much wider to our Universe!

    November 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

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