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Jamie Smith Hopkins | May 3, 2012
Here's something you don't see every day: A house that comes with its own observatory and telescope. The property, on Westview Road in Baltimore's Original Northwood neighborhood, is for sale with an asking price of $389,000. "Stone wing c.1937 houses a vintage telescope within the beautiful copper roofed observatory," notes the listing, which calls it the Telescope House. The seller's real estate agent, JoAnn Moncure, said more than 100 people turned out for the open house last Sunday -- some who live in the area and really, really wanted a look inside.
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By Steve Jones, For The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Stephanie Todd, 8, smiled broadly as she talked about the pink telescope that sits in her home. But she's even more excited about the opportunity to look through a telescope that has some history. "The first thing I'm going to look for is [the constellation] Orion," she said, "which is the kind of star that I see outside, and is always so noticeable. " If everything goes as planned for the Howard Astronomical League, Stephanie will be gazing at Orion through the Paul Watson telescope - a device built by a renowned Johns Hopkins University professor that will be the main attraction at Howard County's new observatory.
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By Nayana Davis | January 23, 2014
An astronomy observatory is among the new additions coming to Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville. The observatory is part of the Howard Astronomical League's public outreach efforts to encourage the community to learn more about astronomical science in a direct, hands-on manner, according to a release announcing the project. It will feature a dome 15 feet in diameter, Watson telescope and an observing platform. One of the structure's four walls will be used as a projection screen to view live images captured by the telescope and for educational presentations.
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By Nayana Davis | January 23, 2014
An astronomy observatory is among the new additions coming to Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville. The observatory is part of the Howard Astronomical League's public outreach efforts to encourage the community to learn more about astronomical science in a direct, hands-on manner, according to a release announcing the project. It will feature a dome 15 feet in diameter, Watson telescope and an observing platform. One of the structure's four walls will be used as a projection screen to view live images captured by the telescope and for educational presentations.
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By Steve Jones, For The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Stephanie Todd, 8, smiled broadly as she talked about the pink telescope that sits in her home. But she's even more excited about the opportunity to look through a telescope that has some history. "The first thing I'm going to look for is [the constellation] Orion," she said, "which is the kind of star that I see outside, and is always so noticeable. " If everything goes as planned for the Howard Astronomical League, Stephanie will be gazing at Orion through the Paul Watson telescope - a device built by a renowned Johns Hopkins University professor that will be the main attraction at Howard County's new observatory.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2011
After years of planning, a local astronomy group is moving closer toward building the first publicly accessible observatory in Howard County. The Howard Astronomical League, a club of amateur astronomers, planned to submit architectural drawings to the county this week as an initial step in a more formal application to construct the observatory at Alpha Ridge Community Park in Marriottsville. Joel Goodman, observatory chairman for the league, said the application marks the culmination of more than a decade of design work and fundraising.
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December 18, 1996
The Universities Space Research Association, a nonprofit corporation based in Columbia, will lead a team of industries and researchers in a $484.2 million contract to develop and operate an airborne infrared observatory.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration awarded the 10-year contract for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA.USRA is a 28-year-old organization linking the space science and technological research efforts of 80 institutions, including two in Canada and one each in England and Israel.
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By Kristi E. Swartz and Kristi E. Swartz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 5, 1997
Monica and Richard Coleman are helping Maryland Science Center visitors get a closer look at deep space.The Pasadena couple has donated $25,000 to renovate the center's rooftop observatory, which has been closed for almost 10 years."
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun Staff Writer | March 23, 1995
The new owners of a stone-and-stucco Tudor home in Baltimore will get four bedrooms, three baths and a window on the universe.The house in Original Northwood is equipped with a rooftop observatory built in 1937 by Joseph L. Woods, a toy manufacturer and amateur astronomer who spent long nights in the coppered dome photographing variable stars in cooperation with Ivy League researchers. His work was once exhibited in Paris.The house and observatory, complete with a neglected 58-year-old reflector telescope, were purchased this week for $153,000 by Robert and Tracey Kean, who live five doors up Westview Road.
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April 15, 2007
The Gould Observatory at Glenelg Country School will hold an Open Observatory Night from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 22 at the school, 12793 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg. Those who attend will have an opportunity to try the observatory's telescope, take laser-guided constellation tours and see close-up views of the moon's surface. The event, which is the first of a projected series of astronomical events, is dependent on the weather. The observatory, which was given to the school by the Gould family, was opened in 2003.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2012
Gart Westerhout, an internationally known radio astronomer who established the astronomy department at the University of Maryland, College Park and was scientific director at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. He was 85. The son of an architect and a writer, he was born and raised in The Hague, Netherlands, where he also graduated from high school. Dr. Westerhout earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics and astronomy in 1950 from the University of Leiden, and earned his master's degree in the discipline in 1954.
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | May 3, 2012
Here's something you don't see every day: A house that comes with its own observatory and telescope. The property, on Westview Road in Baltimore's Original Northwood neighborhood, is for sale with an asking price of $389,000. "Stone wing c.1937 houses a vintage telescope within the beautiful copper roofed observatory," notes the listing, which calls it the Telescope House. The seller's real estate agent, JoAnn Moncure, said more than 100 people turned out for the open house last Sunday -- some who live in the area and really, really wanted a look inside.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
This year's Starscape Festival will feature performances from Flux Pavilion, Ghostland Observatory, Wolfgang Gartner and more on its main stage, according to a press release. Going on its 14th year, Baltimore's electronic dance music festival will once again take place at Fort Armistead Park on June 9. Here's a full list of the performers by stage: MAIN STAGE     Wolfgang Gartner Chase & Status  Flux Pavilion Sphongle Soundsystem Ghostland Observatory Modestep M Machine Phuture Primitive   BASS DROP DANCE TENT   Dada Life Zedd Kill the Noise Donald Glaude Lucky Date Tittsworth Charles Feelgood Lock Danon   THE SUNRISE STAGE   Conspirator Beats Antique Mimosa Papadosio Adventure Club Paper Diamond Ill Esha Alpha Data    DUB NATION BEACH STAGE   Noisia Camo & Krooked Dillon Francis Funtcase Zomboy Figure Skism Terravita J Rabbit Schoolboy SPECIAL B2B SET Dieselboy & Bare The Starscape Festival: The Garden of Eden is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and last until 6 a.m., or until you're really, really exhausted.
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By Clara H. Vaughn | October 18, 2011
A new whooping crane observatory at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will allow the public to see the endangered cranes up-close and year-round for the first time. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the observatory was held at the research center's 75th anniversary celebration and Wildlife Festival Saturday, Oct. 15, while live footage of the cranes streamed from the observatory. "Only a handful of people have seen whooping cranes," Greg Smith, director of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, said.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2011
After years of planning, a local astronomy group is moving closer toward building the first publicly accessible observatory in Howard County. The Howard Astronomical League, a club of amateur astronomers, planned to submit architectural drawings to the county this week as an initial step in a more formal application to construct the observatory at Alpha Ridge Community Park in Marriottsville. Joel Goodman, observatory chairman for the league, said the application marks the culmination of more than a decade of design work and fundraising.
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By Erik Maza and Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2011
The Black Keys, Deadmau5 and Ghostland Observatory will close out Virgin Mobile FreeFest's three stages on Saturday, organizers announced today. The festival will open at noon with Brits Eclectic Method on the dance forest; the New York rock band Alberta Cross at 12:15 p.m. on the festival stage; and at 1 p.m., indie band Bombay Bicycle Club will be the first act to go on the main stage. Merriweather's doors will open at 11 a.m. Grace Potter, Patti Smith, andTV on the Radio will also be performing on the main stage, while Cut Copy, Cee Lo Green, Empire of the Sun and Deadmau5 will play the festival stage.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 19, 2007
The club started with seven members, a few telescopes and the night sky. At first, the stargazers met in a parking lot at Harford Community College to view celestial objects. But as interest in the Harford County Astronomical Society grew, the members sought a permanent home -- a search that ended when the college built an observatory that the club agreed to run. "Having an observatory made a world of difference," said Sal Rodano, a club member and physics professor at the college. "An observatory really supports the theoretical aspects of astronomy.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2004
The Westminster Astronomical Society wants to open up the night sky for Carroll County residents by building an observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center. Yesterday, the organization received preliminary support from the county commissioners to move forward on its plan. "It sounds like a great idea," said Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. The society's proposal calls for a 32-foot-by-32-foot observatory at the nature center outside Westminster. The building would be equipped with three telescopes and a retractable roof.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | December 22, 2008
Our ancestors banged on drums and lit bonfires to chase away the evils and deprivation of winter, push back the dark boundaries of the year's shortest day and revive a dimming sun. Yesterday, the first day of the northern winter, when the sun reached its lowest angle in the midday sky, it was an excuse to give the kids a peek through an antique telescope at the Maryland Science Center. That seemed cool enough to Marian Comi-Morog, 10, a Cathedral School student from Baltimore. She clambered up an aluminum stepladder for her first-ever direct look at the sun, through the Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory's 1927 Alvan Clark & Sons telescope.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | December 28, 2007
Mike Shriver writes from Linthicum: "I was wondering if you could point me to a Web site where I could find the sunrise and sunset times for each day of the year -- for the Baltimore area." I can. It's a U.S. Naval Observatory site: http:--aa.usno. navy.mil/data. Click on the second link. You can choose sunrise and sunset, or moonrise and moonset times, for any place in the United States or around the world. The location matters because the times vary with longitude and latitude.
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