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per cent of the fuel for heating the gas. tion of the whole plant would thus give On this basis the maximum delivery for to the industrial world an opportunity to a city like London of 900,000,000 cubic nearly double its present output at feet would practically give a daily output scarcely any increase in cost of power of nearly 1,500,000 kilowatt-hours. The utilized. The prospect is certainly a fashigher efficiency and economy of opera- cinating one.
New Colossus of Telescopes
By Paul P. Foster
In no branch of science is general interest greater, when the popular mind is directed to it, than in astronomy. The idea that we shall at some time find that other planets besides our own are inhabited and that we may eventually communicate with creatures upon those other worlds is always a fertile subject for thought. The hope of making some new step in advance toward this end is deeply stirred al news of such an undertaking as the building of a new telescope, the proportions of which are far greater than any previously constructed.
NE hundred inches or in cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles. The round numbers, eight feet, observatory was established in 1904 for is the astounding diameter the special purpose of studying the sun, of what will be the great- and the problems of solar and stellar evoest telescope in the world. lution. After a long and careful investi
It will be an American in- gation of possible sites, it was found that strument and is to be erected on the sum- the conditions on Mount Wilson were almit of Mount Wilson, in Southern Cali- most ideal for solar observations, and the fornia, as soon as it can be constructed. directors of the Carnegie Institution have This remarkable telescope has been care- made ample provision for the establishfully planned and
ment and for the funds for its con
maintenance of the struction have been
durprovided by the
ing at least ten generosity of John
years, the length D. Hooker, of Los
“sun-spot Angeles, who, so
period." far as is known, is
Two unique telethe first man to co
scopes have been operate with Mr.
in constant use at Carnegie in the lat
observatory ter's efforts for the
since its establishadvancement
ment. The larger science.
is the Snow teleAs readers of
scope, a reflector, THE TECHNICAL
which has been World may recall,
employed in daily the Solar Observa
observations and tory on Mount Wil
investigations of son is supported by
solar phenomena. the Carnegie Insti
A five-foot reflecttution and is the
ing telescope has newest and loftiest
been completed astronomical ob
and will soon reservatory in the
place the Snow United States. It
telescope, when the is situated on the
Solar Observatory summit of Mount
will be provided Wilson, six thous
with the largest and feet above the
and finest reflector sea, and not far
for solar purposes distant from the John D. Hooker, Donor OF 100-INCH LENS. yet constructed.
The other important instrument is the Bruce photographic telescope which is designed exclusively for photographing the stars and nebulae. Very wonderful photographs of the stupendous star clouds of the Milky Way have been obtained with this instrument and the exceptionally transparent atmosphere at Mount Wilson makes it possible to photograph some of the best diffused nebulosities, which are obscured by the denser
A BIT OF MOON LANDSCAPE. air at lower levels.
To this observatory has been offered a work progresses and is needed theretelescope which will enable us to pene
for, to be used for the purchase of a trate seven times farther into space than disk of glass one hundred inches in can now be done with the greatest visual diameter, and to meet other expenses telescopes. Its cost will be about one- incident to the construction of a 100twentieth of that of a modern battleship.
inch mirror for a reflecting telescope. The donor's deed of gift is as follows: In offering this proposal, I make Mr. George E. Hale, Director of no requirements as to the provision
the Solar Observatory, Pasadena. of a mounting and dome for the Dear Mr. Hale:
telescope, but trust to the future I hereby give and place at the dis- that these essential adjuncts will ulposal of the Carnegie Institution the tinately become available. sum of fifty thousand dollars, or so
Very truly yours, much of this amount as may be (Signed) JOHN D. HOOKER. needed, payable on demand as the Los Angeles, Sept. 14, 1906.
The mirror of this telescope will be thirteen inches thick, will weigh four and onehalf tons, and four years will be required to make the glass and finish the optical work
The glass will be constructed at the great French optical works in St. Gobain, and the difficult operation of figuring, i. e., grinding and polishing, will be under the supervision of Prof. G. W. Ritchey, at the instrument shops in
The possibilities of