Foothill Observatory

Foothill Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS) and Foothill College. It is located on the college's campus in Los Altos Hills, California (US). The observatory is used by students enrolled in the introductory astronomy lab on campus, which is part of the college's thriving astronomy for non-scientists program, serving over 800 students per year. A 16-inch (410 mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope was donated to the observatory and went into operation in 2007.

Foothill Observatory
The observatory at the Space Science Center
The observatory at the Space Science Center and Krause Center for Innovation
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OrganizationPeninsula Astronomical Society
LocationLos Altos Hills, California, US
Coordinates37°21′47.25″N 122°7′53.45″W / 37.3631250°N 122.1315139°W / 37.3631250; -122.1315139Coordinates: 37°21′47.25″N 122°7′53.45″W / 37.3631250°N 122.1315139°W / 37.3631250; -122.1315139
Meade LX20016" Schmidt-Cassegrain
Foothill Observatory is located in the United States
Foothill Observatory
Location of Foothill Observatory
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Conditions permitting, the PAS opens the observatory for public viewing every clear Friday night from 9 p.m. to about 11 p.m., and for solar viewing every clear Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. As of 2022 the schedule is reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated precautions. Always check the PAS website for schedule specifics.

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Plaque on outside of observatory.
  1. "Foothill Observatory homepage". Foothill Observatory. Archived from the original on December 14, 2005. Retrieved December 16, 2005.

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