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Thread: Yerkes Observatory Closing?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Arlington Hts, Illinois

    Yerkes Observatory Closing?

    Yerkes contacted the astronomy club I am in and came to Arlington Hts at our March 30th meeting, making a plea for help. The Starlight Festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend and STEM research will be present along with many local clubs as several thousand are expected that weekend.

    It could be your last chance and there is a waiting list to rent time by the group between now and October. A lot more could be said here but I will cut it off there unless some here press me for more details.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    I visited Yerkes on June 2. A docent lecturer indicated that the observatory will likely not close when the University of Chicago disassociates itself on 2018 OCT 01. Locals are in the process of raising funds to keep the observatory and tours running.
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