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A.E. Schweitzer (Little Thompson Observatory)
The Little Thompson Observatory is a community-built E/PO observatory and is the second member of the Telescopes in Education (TIE) project. The observatory is located on the grounds of Berthoud High School in northern Colorado. Annually we have approximately 5,000 visitors, which is roughly equal to the population of the small town of Berthoud.
During 2005 the LTO celebrated reaching 25,000 visitors with a big party, worked on doubling the size of our observatory (all with volunteer labor), helped to form a Colorado Project ASTRO site, and received a NASA ROSS E/PO grant to do more teacher workshops -- making use of the baseball-sized meteorite that landed in Berthoud a year ago!
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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