Goethe Link Observatory

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Goethe Link Observatory
Organization Indiana Astronomical Society
Location Brooklyn, Indiana, U.S.A.
Coordinates 39°33′00″N 86°23′42″W / 39.55000°N 86.39500°W / 39.55000; -86.39500
Altitude 293.22 meters (962 feet)
Weather Clear Sky Clock
Established 1939
Website http://www.linkobservatory.org/
reflecting telescope 0.91 m (36-inch)
astrographic camera 255 mm (10-inch) f/6.5 Cooke triplet

The Goethe Link Observatory is an astronomical observatory near Brooklyn, Indiana (USA), owned by Indiana University and operated by the Indiana Astronomical Society. It is named in honour of Dr. Goethe Link, an Indianapolis surgeon, who built it with his private funds. Construction of the observatory started in 1937, and the telescope was first operated in 1939. Link donated the observatory to Indiana University in 1948.[1]

A number of asteroid discoveries were made there, including 1578 Kirkwood.[2] These are credited by the Minor Planet Center under the name "Indiana University," which operated the Indiana Asteroid Program at Goethe Link from 1949 until 1967 using a 10-inch (250 mm) f/6.5 Cooke triplet astrograph.[3] The asteroid 1728 Goethe Link was discovered there on October 12, 1964.[4]

When light pollution began to degrade the Goethe Link Observatory's capabilities in the 1960s, Indiana University built a new facility in the Morgan–Monroe State Forest officially designated as the Morgan–Monroe Station (MMS) of the Goethe Link Observatories.[5]

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http://www.iasindy.org/goethe/goethe.jpg Goethe Link Observatory Source: Indiana Astronomical Society.
http://www.iasindy.org/goethe/link01.jpg 0.91 m reflecting telescope at Goethe Link Observatory. Source: Indiana Astronomical Society
http://newsinfo.iu.edu/pub/libs/images/usr/4718.jpg Professor Frank K. Edmondson of Indiana University manipulates the 10-inch lens telescope at the Goethe Link Observatory in Brooklyn, Indiana, in the 1950s. Source: Indiana University News Bureau.

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Coordinates: 39°33′00″N 86°23′42″W / 39.55000°N 86.39500°W / 39.55000; -86.39500