Mount Wilson Observatory

Less than 100 years ago, many scientists thought that our Milky Way galaxy was the entire universe. Then, in the 1920s, astronomers at California's Mt. Wilson Observatory forever changed this view of the universe. Using the world's largest telescope, Edwin Hubble and his team discovered the first galaxies beyond our own. Then they found that other galaxies were moving away from us, the first solid evidence that the universe is expanding.

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