Smithsonian Opens Observatory On National Mall
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.
It's the International Year of Astronomy, celebrating 400 years since Galileo first observed the heavens through his telescope. Galileo was condemned for saying we humans weren't the center of the universe, and this week anyone can see that. To honor the anniversary, the National Air and Space Museum opened its first public observatory. Now amateur astronomers can peer at the planets and even, aided by special filters, the sun.
It's MORNING EDITION.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.