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Van Vleck Observatory

Van Vleck Observatory


96 Foss Hl Middletown CT United States 06457

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Van Vleck Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Wesleyan University. It was built in 1914 and named after the former head of the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at the university, Prof. John M. Van Vleck. It is located in Middletown, Connecticut .TelescopesThe University owns three telescopes. A 16in and a 20in are both used for weekly public observing nights, open to the Wesleyan community and the general public. The third telescope, the 24in Perkins Telescope, is used primarily for research, including for senior and graduate student thesis projects, as well as for departmental research programs. The Perkins scope is one of the largest telescopes in New England. Wesleyan participates in a consortium of universities that operate the WIYN.9-meter telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. Students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty have the opportunity to spend time in Arizona doing research with the telescope. Wesleyan also is a member of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium (KNAC).Directors Frederick Slocum, 1915-44 Carl Leo Stearns, 1944-60 Thornton Leigh Page, 1960-71 Arthur R. Upgren, 1973-93 William Herbst, 1993-99 John Salzer, 1999-2004 William Herbst, 2004-

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