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DATE: Dec. 12, 2005
Astronomical dome ready for installation at UM-Dearborn
DEARBORN---Contractors have delivered and assembled the dome that will
go over the telescope on top of the science building addition now under
construction at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The builders expect
to lift the dome into place this week.
Made out of galvanized steel, the rotating dome measures 12 feet in diameter,
and includes a panel that can be raised to allow a view of the sky and
lowered to protect the telescope from the elements. It is designed to
house a 16-inch telescope purchased with support from a $144,000 grant
from the National Science Foundation.
In addition to its use in astronomy classes, the telescope will help
advanced students work on independent projects that may lead to publishable
data, according to Donald Bord, professor of physics at UM-Dearborn. The
observatory area can be isolated from the rest of the building for community
programs, including sky-watching nights, and is completely accessible.
Construction on the building is expected to be completed in 2006.