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Teaching Resource - Wallace Observatory
The George R. Wallace Astrophysical Observatory is located in Westford, MA, about 45 minutes from the main MIT campus. It is primarily a teaching facility run by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), although some small research projects are carried out there as well. Students in the observing subjects at MIT, 12.409 "Hands-on Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets" and 12.410 "Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy", travel to Wallace to make observations. There are six telescopes mounted on permanent concrete piers at the site. The two largest telescopes at Wallace, the 24-in and the 16-in Cassegrain reflectors, each have their own domes. Four more telescopes are housed in an observing shed with a roll-off roof.
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