Pasadena, CA – Known as the City of Astronomy and home to the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) and several other world-renowned science institutions, the city of Pasadena celebrated its first Astronomy Week from October 16-22.
The week-long series of events honored Pasadena as a global leader in space exploration and astronomy, and was the result of a collaboration between ten premier institutions, including GMTO, Caltech, Carnegie Observatories, IPAC, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Mt. Wilson Observatory, Pasadena City College, The Planetary Society and Thirty Meter Telescope.
Astronomy Week events and activities were aimed at raising public awareness of the city’s rich scientific history and encouraging interest in astronomy and related fields.
The week kicked off with the Carnegie Observatories Open House, where Mayor Terry Tornek proclaimed October 16-22, 2016 Astronomy Week in Pasadena. Other events throughout the week included a Division for Planetary Sciences Teacher Workshop and Public Night, Astronomy on Tap 21+ events, a stargazing night at a local elementary school and Mt. Wilson Observatory’s Astronomy Night. The week’s events culminated in the first-ever Pasadena Astronomy Festival, hosted at the Convention Center, where guests enjoyed family fun and astronomy activities.
As a City of Astronomy partner, GMTO participated in several events throughout the week, with booths at the Carnegie Observatories Open House, Division for Planetary Sciences meeting and Pasadena Astronomy Festival, where team members shared the latest project updates and offered previews of expected discoveries to come from the Giant Magellan Telescope.
GMTO is proud of its role in helping to make the celebration a success, and looks forward to building on Pasadena’s well-deserved reputation as the City of Astronomy.