Goethe Link Observatory
|Organization||Indiana Astronomical Society|
|Location||Brooklyn, Indiana, U.S.A.|
|Altitude||293.22 meters (962 feet)|
|Weather||Clear Sky Clock|
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.
A number of asteroid discoveries were made there, including 1578 Kirkwood. 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. The asteroid 1728 Goethe Link was discovered there on October 12, 1964.
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.
Notes and references
|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.|
- *Indiana University Department of Astronomy: Goethe Link Observatory
- JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 1578 Kirkwood
- Thomas Gehrels, "The Indiana Asteroid Program," Astronomical Journal, v. 63, No. 1256 (February 1958), p. 50.
- JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 1728 Goethe Link
- Indiana University Department of Astronomy: Morgan–Monroe Observatory and Indiana University Department of Astronomy: Research Facilities
- Ray E. Boomhower, '"The Doctor and the Stars: Goethe Link and His Observatory," Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, v. 19, no. 4, Fall 2007, pp. 17–23.
- Frank K. Edmondson, "Recent Developments at the Goethe Link Observatory," Sky and Telescope, December 1948, p. 34.
- "Reports of Observatories, 1950-1951: Goethe Link Observatory, July 1, 1949 to June 30, 1951," The Astronomical Journal, v. 56, no. 6 (1951), p. 153, col. 2.
- The Goethe Link Observatory - Indiana Astronomical Society