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Descending Sunlight, Allegheny Observatory

34 3/8 in. x 50 1/2 in. (87.31 cm x 128.27 cm)

Raymond L. DeFazio, American, b. 1936

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, Pennsylvania
Medium and Support: Oil on Canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Jean S. Platt
Accession Number: 2003.2
Part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, the Allegheny Observatory houses telescopes and instrumental equipment open to students and astronomers. In 1859, three citizens of Allegheny County met with Professor Lewis Bradley of the University of Pittsburg, proposing the purchase of a telescope. In argument: "the magnifying power of which would bring the heavenly bodies near enough to be viewed with greater interest and satisfaction". Now over 130 years after its birth, the Allegheny Observatory continues its search for unknown solar planets.

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