Beautiful San Gabriel Mountains and Mount Wilson Observatory on Webcam

September 7th, 2012 by Mark

Who doesn’t enjoy the sight of mist sweeping across a mountain range? You can enjoy this thanks to a webcam installed to show the Mount Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles. It was installed by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California.

Located at an elevation of 5,700 feet, the webcam gives a great view of the San Gabriel mountains along with the observatory. The mountain range is known for his highest peak of Mount San Antonio (also called Mount Baldy) and for Mount Wilson on which the observatory stands.

Mist covered mountains. A truly beautiful sight!

The Mount Wilson Observatory is considered a historic monument, containing two historically important telescopes: the sixty-inch Hale telescope, built in 1908 and named after the founder of the observatory; and the 100-inch Hooker telescope, built in 1917. The importance of the Hooker telescope is obvious when you consider that it was the largest telescope in the world for almost thirty years. It lost the title in 1948.

You can check out the Mount Wilson Observatory webcam here.

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