The Harry Bell Memorial Telescope was donated to the National
Science Center in 1993. Since that time the telescope has been
touring local schools and community functions in Georgia and South
Carolina under the sponsorship of the National Science Center and
the Astronomy Club of Augusta (ACA.) Pictured here are students from
Langford Middle School, Augusta, Georgia, enjoying solar viewing
during their science class. These are the students of Ms. Kathy
When students asked about Harry Bell, they wanted to know who he
was. Mr. Bell was a local astronomer. When he died, his wife donated
the telescope to NSC. Her intent was for the scope to collect
starlight, not set around collecting dust. There have been programs
covering solar viewing and numerous evening star parties sponsored
by parent organizations and schools. Members of the ACA support
these events as community education outreach programs.
For the year 2000, there were approximately 6171 students served
through this effort. Since 1993, more than 49,000 students and their
families have enjoyed the Harry Bell Telescope.
For more information contact, John White, Astronomy Club of
or Cheryl Zimmerman, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject="NSC
NewsFlash Page" here at the National Science Center.
here to view a Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow of this
(2004 06 No longer seems to be available.)