Part of a 75,000 square foot expansion project dubbed Windows

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Astronomy History and Future Come Together at the South Carolina State Museum

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canada goose uk shop The 12 3/8 refractor prior to installation in the observatory. The large Alvan Clark refractor now in the observatory was on display in the main museum, but much of the telescopes in the museum’s collection of antique instruments and gear were canada goose outlet uk sale yet to be seen by the public. canada goose uk shop

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