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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Phoebe Waterman Haas

Public Observatory

 
 
Phoebe Waterman Haas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 12, 2017
1. Phoebe Waterman Haas Marker
Inscription.
This observatory is named to celebrate the spirit of Emma Phoebe Waterman Haas. In 1913 she became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She was the first woman to perform original research with a major American telescope. Haas used one of the greatest telescopes in the world at the time, the 36-inch refractor of Lick Observatory. She studied the spectra of relatively hot stars. Although she was then invited to continue as a professional astronomer, she chose to marry and raise a family.

But Haas never lost her love for astronomy. She used a telescope to show her young sons the wonders of the heavens. With that telescope, she monitored stars that varied in brightness. She shared her observations with other astronomers through the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). She remained active in the AAVSO over the next several decades through her astronomical expertise and as a patron. In a 1941 letter to AAVSO, she shared her joy of observing:

"There is nothing I enjoy more than an evening out with my telescope, the thrill of finding a faint prick of light where last time I looked, I could see nothing, then seeing that point brighten. I'll be at it again yet!"

The Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory is funded by the
Phoebe Waterman Haas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 12, 2017
2. Phoebe Waterman Haas Marker
Thomas W Haas Foundation with the hope that your visit will kindle in you the same spirit of exploration and discovery.

 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Location. 38° 53.273′ N, 77° 1.112′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Independence Avenue Southwest west of 4th Street SW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Air and Space Museum on the side of the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Venus (here, next to this marker); Moon (here, next to this marker); Saturn (here, next to this marker); Sun (here, next to this marker); Jupiter (here, next to this marker); Cook Telescope (here, next to this marker); Binary Stars (here, next to this marker); Star Nurseries (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
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Our Volunteers Make It Happen Sign image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 12, 2017
3. Our Volunteers Make It Happen Sign

Our Volunteers Make It Happen


The Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory is supported by dedicated volunteers. The volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds. Volunteers make it possible for the observatory to be open as often as it is. They operate a variety of telescopes and run astronomy activities for visitors to enjoy.

On clear days, observatory volunteers set up the telescopes and assist visitors. During observatory hours on cloudy days, they interact with visitors inside the National Air and Space Museum. Volunteers can be found operating Discover Stations in the Explore the Universe gallery.

Do you want to get involved?
If you are interested in volunteering at the National Air and Space Museum, visit:

http://airandspace.si.edu/support/volunteer/
Welcome to the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory Sign image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 12, 2017
4. Welcome to the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory Sign

Welcome
to the
Phoebe Waterman Haas
Public Observatory


The Public Observatory is funded
by the Thomas W. Haas Foundation
with additional funding
provided by the National
Science Foundation.

Operating
Hours:

Wednesday - Sunday
12:00pm - 3:00 pm

(weather permitting)

Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum
Museum Entrance Sign image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 12, 2017
5. Museum Entrance Sign

Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum

Museum entrance
from this ram

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on February 15, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 12, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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