October 24, 2017

The Oldest Observatory in South America.

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An 18th century observatory in the heart of Quito, Ecuador! (All photos by author).

 

An undiscovered astronomical gem sits in the downtown heart of Quito, Ecuador. Amid the high altitude urban bustle stands the Quito Observatory, a three turreted victorian style complex in triangular La Alameda park. Built in 1875, this observatory now serves as a recently reopened museum and weather station, and is  still occassionally utilized for public outreach on clear evenings. [Read more...]

December 2009:Life in the Astro Blog-o-Sphere.

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Stately Quito Observatory…(Photo by Author).

Coming to a December sky near you: The beginning of the month of December finds Astroguyz south of the equator exploring the environs of Quito, Ecuador and the surrounding area. Expect posts on such southern sky wonders as the Large & Small Magellanic Clouds, and perhaps a tour of the oldest observatory in South America. Will we endure the pseudo-science and contraversy that is the equator? Stay tuned. In more familiar skies, we visit an unfamiliar object: Groombridge 34. [Read more...]