- Main Line: (617) 324-4744
- Tim Brothers, Observatory Site Manager
- Michael Person, PhD, Director of Wallace Astrophysical Observatory
Prof. Jim Elliot
, Observatory Director (1978-2011)
James Ludlow Elliot, a professor of planetary astronomy and physics at MIT who discovered the rings of Uranus in 1977, died on March 3, 2011. He was 67. Elliot was known as one of the great observational planetary astronomers of the modern era. Among his accomplishments were leading the team that discovered the ring system of Uranus, and discovery of the atmosphere of Pluto. He was committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring, and was a staunch advocate for women in science. He will be greatly missed. Gifts may be made online in his honor to the Wallace Observatory Fund
to continue his legacy and fund research at WAO.
George R. Wallace, Jr., Astrophysical Observatory (MIT)
Address: 50 Groton Road (Rt. 40), Westford, MA, 01886
Phone: (617) 324-4744
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Please help us maintain
a dark and safe environment in which observers can
do their work:
- No headlights should be used while in the parking area or on the
upper part of the access road.
Instead, please use parking lights only,
and drive very slowly (limit 5 mph).
Also, between dusk and dawn, motor vehicles must
not approach the domes or the buildings
by driving beyond the parking area.
- Due to ongoing scientific research, visitors are not permitted on site unless given expressed permission.
A tour of the observatory
for members of the MIT community
is usually scheduled during the January IAP.
Updated information will be found in the listing of
IAP offerings. If your school or group would like a tour contact Tim for more information.