Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kirkwood Observatory

Bloomington, Indiana
Kirkwood Observatory
Indiana University
Astronomy Department
Swain Hall West 319
727 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7105
Near Indiana Avenue and 4th street
(812) 855-6911



Kirkwood Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Indiana University. It is located in Bloomington, Indiana and 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.

Kirkwood Observatory was built in 1900 and dedicated on May 15, 1901. Kirkwood 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 (0.3m) Brashear objective lens, also received a complete restoration at that time.

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