The historic Yerkes Observatory is to close in 2018. Established in 1897 by George Ellery Hale, it’s home to the largest refracting telescope in the world, the 40″ Yerkes telescope.
The University of Chicago has announced plans to wind down its activities at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wis., over the next six months and to formally cease on-site operations by Oct. 1, 2018.
The upcoming summer season will therefore be the final season of University activities at Yerkes. The University is announcing the plans well in advance in order to engage with Yerkes staff and nearby communities, including the village of Williams Bay, in considering long-term plans for the property.
UChicago activities at Yerkes Observatory to end in 2018