Topographically accurate LED moon light by NOSIGNER
“The so called Supermoon – the lunar occurance on March 19th, 2011 in which the moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter – shined down on the people of Japan, inspiring them to believe in, and have hope for, rebuilding what they had lost just over a week ago. The Moon is a topographically-accurate LED light that was created based on data retrieved from the Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya.”
The first permanent mountaintop observatory was the Lick Observatory. Built in 1888 by the Warner and Swasey Co., the telescope sits in it’s original spot just east of San Jose and is still operating to this day.
We recently visited the observatory and talked with Steve Vogt, an astronomy professor at UC Santa Cruz, who used to sneak into the observatory as a kid.