• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Penn's new High Bay Lab home for super-sensitive telescope

  • Penn's new High Bay Lab building along Walnut Street.


Penn’s astronomers now have room to build huge instruments thanks to a new lab completed this month.

Penn’s new High Bay Lab, attached to the David Rittenhouse Laboratory, is a cube of metal and glass punctuated with a protruding yellow crane arm and full-height glass doors that was designed by Buell Kratzer Powell. The lab's design allows Penn scientists the space to build, test, and rebuild, the telescope (and other large instruments) over time.

  • High Bay Lab from 31st Street.


The High Bay Lab’s first inhabitant is the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope - aka BLAST - which Penn astronomers and a team of international researchers use to collect data about how stars and galaxies form and evolve. (Is that all?!)

Mark Devlin, an Astronomy and Physics professor who lead the BLAST project, told the Daily Pennsylvanian, “This is something I’ve needed for the past 10 years.”

 

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Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

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