• Creator
  • Miller, Patricia L; Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 8-2-02
  • Description
  • 904 S. Mathews Avenue, Champaign. Since 1989, the observatory has been designated a National Historic Landmark because of pioneering work in photoelectric photometry carried on there by Joel Stebbins, director from 1903-1922, and University of Illinois physicist Jacob Kunz. Their experiments were instrumental in the development of precise measurements of the brightness of stars. The building, erected in 1896, replaced a smaller observatory nea... more
    904 S. Mathews Avenue, Champaign. Since 1989, the observatory has been designated a National Historic Landmark because of pioneering work in photoelectric photometry carried on there by Joel Stebbins, director from 1903-1922, and University of Illinois physicist Jacob Kunz. Their experiments were instrumental in the development of precise measurements of the brightness of stars. The building, erected in 1896, replaced a smaller observatory near University Hall, at the north end of the quadrangle. Office wings were added in the 1950s and 1960s. Urban Treasure Hunt. 16 History. less
  • Format
  • Observatory.jpg