National Geographic : 1925 Jan
Photograph from Dr. W. W. Campbell THE CHILE BRANCH OF THE LICK OBSERVATORY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, ON CERRO SAN CRISTOBAL, SANTIAGO, CHILE The altitude of the observatory above the city of Santiago is 920 feet; above sea level, 2,755 feet. Thecamera ispointing south-southwest and a part of the city is faintly visible in the notch to the left of the dome. On the summit of the slightly lower peak, inthe left foreground, isaheroic and massive statue of the Virgin, to which the people of Chile make pilgrimages in great numbers, especially onfeast days. Through two decades this branch of the Lick Observatory has been measuring the motions of approach and recession of the naked-eye stars and ofthe bright-line nebulae in the southern two-fifths of the sky. It was the pioneer in this field of research in the Southern Hemisphere.