Riverhead High School Highlighted for Reopening Observatory
The reopening of the Riverhead High School Young Observatory with a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony was recently highlighted by Newsday, Newsday TV, RiverheadLOCAL and Riverhead News-Review. The observatory was originally constructed on the high school’s campus in 1980 and utilized to teach astronomy but had since been closed and unused for many years. The District has now made the observatory fully operational once more, and its state-of-the-art facilities and telescope are being used by Riverhead High School astronomy classes to explore the sky, universe, celestial phenomena and historical scientific contributions. The observatory includes the original telescope built in 1934 and using a lens masterfully crafted in the 1880s by world-renown craftsman Harry Fisk. The lens is the last known example of his work not on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
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