Mt. Wilson Observatory Launches New Monthly Program Brimming With the Observatory’s Rich History

Published on Jun 28, 2021

Mount Wilson Observatory launched a new fact-filled free Zoom series held weekly called “Sundays with Tim.”

Hosted by Tim Thompson, a Mt. Wilson Observatory trustee, observatory docent and session director, “Sundays with Tim” chronicles the history of the Mount Wilson Observatory from the Hale Library at Carnegie Observatories. He talks about the observatory in a way that only he can – with inside knowledge, humor, enthusiasm.

Held the last Sunday of every month through the summer, “Sundays with Tim” will expand upon the “chapters” in the storied history of the Mount Wilson Observatory that have been published each Tuesday as part of the “Discovering Mount Wilson” campaign. These chapters can be read on

With these presentations on “Sundays with Tim,” people can join Observatory staff as they delve deeper into the historical significance of the observatory and showcase its rich legacy.

The monthly presentations will be free, on Zoom.

Tim Thompson received both his BS and MS degrees in physics from Cal State Los Angeles. He joined Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s technical staff in January 1981 as a member of the Radio Astronomy Group, and retired from JPL in November 2008. Along the way he earned two NASA Group Achievement Awards, and a NASA/JPL Center Award.

He is currently president emeritus and director of the Clinton B. Ford Observatory for the Los Angeles Astronomical Society; institute trustee, observatory docent and session director for MWO, and president of Western Amateur Astronomers.

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