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Our meteorological observations of Friday's Nor'easter have been published on our blog. We recorded fifty-five wind gusts that exceeded 50 miles per hour during the afternoon. This is one of the strongest storms that we've seen in several years.
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Ladd Observatory is on the second highest point in Providence, a site that was once referred to as Tin-top (or sometimes Tin Tops Hill.) Anecdotes describing the origin of this name are frequently given. For example, an article in the Providence Journal states that “Before the observatory was built in 1891, this land was known as Tin Top Hill because it was a dumping ground for tin cans.” However, the name may have more to do with a carefully placed, but misunderstood and then forgotten, surveying aid.

Learn more about the tin cone hanging in a tree on the summit of Tin-top Hill, the site of Ladd Observatory.
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We will be open tonight from 7-9 pm. Please note our new hours due to the time of sunset.
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We will be closed tonight due to the weather. Our new hours for summer are 9:00 - 10:30 pm on Tuesday evenings, weather permitting.
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Read an interview with Ladd Observatory Curator Michael Umbricht at the Winter Moon blog.
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We will be open from 8-10 pm tonight for telescope observing and a spectroscope demonstration.
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Just before sunrise this morning our automated all sky camera captured the aurora borealis over Providence, Rhode Island. Also visible is the International Space Station and the planets Mars and Saturn.
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