Meet the Astronomer: Scott Kardel
Hear from Scott Kardel, the public affairs coordinator for the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center for astronomical research that is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology. There are five telescopes used at Palomar, including the 200-inch Hale Telescope (the “Big Eye”), for which Corning Glass Works created the mirror in 1934 (on its second attempt; the unsuccessful first attempt stands in the center of the Museum’s Innovation Center).
Kardel is an astronomer who provides tours, creates podcasts, and writes and speaks about Palomar’s rich history. For this lecture, he’ll provide a photo-filled look at the groundbreaking research that has taken place since the 200-inch telescope came into service at Palomar in 1949.