Mount Union College's Rodman Observatory Moved to Alliance High School

April 22, 2010

 

The James P. Rodman Observatory, formerly located atop Wilson Science Hall at Mount Union College, has been moved to Alliance High School.

 

 

 

The Rodman Observatory, formerly located on the roof of Wilson Science Hall, now sits on the rooftop of Alliance High School.

The Rodman Observatory, formerly located on the roof of Wilson Science Hall, now sits on the rooftop of Alliance High School.

The domed structure is now sitting on the roof of the high school above the traffic arches on the west side of the building.

Acting on the suggestion of Dr. James P. Rodman, professor emeritus at the College, Dr. Jack Ewing, president of the College, and Art Garnes, superintendent of Alliance City Schools, approved the plans for moving the observatory. In addition to the structure, Rodman also donated a new 10-inch f/10 a further Schmidt Cassegrain catadioptric telescope with automatic-locating system for 64,340 celestial objects.

According to Rodman, who is also the chief engineer for the project, this cooperative effort between the College and the schools will further benefit the Alliance schools' science programs and everything should be in place in about a month. Rodman added that the Alliance City Schools will incur no expense for the establishment of the observatory.

Rodman said Robin K. Gill will be the director and chief lecturer of the facility on a part-time basis. Gill, a 1979 graduate of Mount Union College, is a former student of Rodman and is an experienced astronomer.

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