Ground broken for Horse Heaven Hills observatory
Thursday, August 4, 2011
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- The Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory is moving away from the Tri-Cities and Hanford nuclear reservation to a new home among the wheat fields in Horse Heaven Hills.
The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/qDtiiH ) ground was broken Wednesday for the Pacific Northwest Regional Observatory. It should reopen in 2012, welcoming students and community visitors.
The nonprofit Alliance for the Advancement of Science Through Astronomy had been looking for a new home for the observatory since the Department of Energy ordered it taken down in 2008 from Rattlesnake Mountain.
The new home for the telescope is the Braden Farm, owned by Whitman College in Walla Walla.
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com