10 miles north of I-270 on route 23 is the former home of the third largest telescope in the world. In the 19th century, crotchety old Ohio Weslyan University professor Hiram Perkins made a fortune in livestock with which he later built a lovely old observatory in one of the worst places in the world for astronomical observation- cloudy, hazy, Central Ohio.
Ground was broken in 1923- in an era when the elegance and beauty of construction was paramount- and the telscope, the final part of the project, was completed in 1931. For a brief time, the observatory's 69-inch scope was the third largest in the world.
After a while, however, it became clear to Astronomers that Columbus, Ohio- with city lights nearby and humid, hazy weather- was not the ideal location for a world class observatory. So, in 1961, the scope was moved out to a far more suitable location in Flagstaff AZ. The building, however, remained.
Today, still a functioning observatory thanks to the donation of a massive 32-inch telescope, Perkins has been turned into a delightful Astronomy musuem and library. There's an interesting assortment of displays and old astrononical knick-knacks to peruse. Director Tom Burns gives lively and captivating talks that miraculously hold the attention of both kids and adults. In all, more than 20,000 people, mostly children and familes, visit each year. On clear nights, members of the Columbus Astronomical Society set up telescops on the front lawn and show visitors the heavens. You can also stand under the massive observatory dome and look through the 32-inch (that's the diameter of the mirror) 'Schottland' telescope.
Skies have degraded in recent years due to our ever encroaching civilizations' fear of the dark, but on dry nights, one can still see the Milky Way from the grounds of this venerated old facility.
Public programs are held on Friday and Saturday most weeks. Though they do sell tickets at the door when space permits (no pun intended), visitors are requested to call ahead for reservations ($5.00) to ensure a spot and prevent getting turned away at the door: (740) 363-1257.
Elegant Dining in Columbus
It is perhaps the best restaurant in Columbus. Each time I have been the food has been out of this world. Elegant and tasty, a formal dining experience in Columbus. Want to impress a date or a client - this is where to go. The menu changes frequently but if it is on the menu order the hot chocolate cake. Fudgy chocolate on the inside - googy and good.
In the African wing we started by seeing the grey parrots that looked like somebody had frozen a colorful parrot! Then we had an unforgettable opportunity to see some chimps dance to the African music as they added their own hoots to the same. I had goosebumps seeing that, the zoo authorities just played some samba-like music and these three chimps started to dance and hoot! I have a video of the same that I have uploaded, do view the same if interested.
Ohio State House Interior
There is a staircase leading to a recessed porch along the front of the statehouse building. Inside the rotunda, the dome is painted in a rather less ornate manner than other capitol domes I've seen, minus the Latin mottos and other detail work, but the floor is an outstanding mozaic of various colored marble pieces with great symbolic value, emphasizing the contrasting themes of the original 13 colonies in the center, surrounded by concentric rings of territorial additions to the nation--Northwest Territory, Louisiana Purchase, and lands taken from Mexico. On the rotunda walls, are four large paintings that also emphasis milestones in Ohio history. The very large landscape painting by Howard Chandler Christy depicts the Treaty of Greenville, an important early event in Ohio history, as well as a William Henry Powell mural of Oliver Hazard Perry's remarkable naval victory against the British in the War of 1812 (where Perry's men changed ships in the course of the battle). Howard Christy also painted a mural with a portrait of Thomas Edison and his three ages of his inventive discovery. The fourth painting, by Dwight Mutchler, addresses the theme of flight invention by Ohio natives, Wilbur and Orville Wright. A large marvelous 9,000 lb marble that includes bust of Lincoln atop a memorial to the Civil War Battle of Vicksburgs. Here, Confederate officers are shown surrendering under an oak tree to Union generals, all of whom were from Ohio.
A Trip to COSI in Columbus, Ohio!!!
"Took the kids on a trip to Columbus to see COSI"
We took the kids to Columbus to the COSI museum to see the Titanic Exhibit. The children had alot of fun. My daughter is Noel. The little blond in the back. The Blonde with blue shirt is my niece Tiffany, and the two smaller dark headed children are my cousin's kids; tayler and cullen. They enjoyed the museum and visiting Columbus.