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Hale Telescope takes first photos, January 26, 1949

January 26, 2015

The Hale Telescope was the brainchild of astronomer George Ellery Hale. He secured funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, and construction began in 1935, but the first official photos weren’t taken by the telescope until January 1949. Under direction of Edwin Hubble, the telescope designed for photographic work captured Hubble’s Variable Nebula (NGC 2261) in the […]