Hat Creek Observatory
Hat Creek Observatory
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4.5 of 5 bubbles6 reviews
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Derek Sasquatch G
Sacramento, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
Really neat location and place. However, on their site it doesn't mention it's fully closed to the public due to Covid ( as of October 15, 2020). So, just to avoid the trouble maybe delay a visit until after the new year. You can view it from the Lassen NF and the Hat Creek valley viewing area.
Written October 15, 2020
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Dirk R
Hannover, Germany294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
Hat Creek Radio Observatory - also known as S.E.T.I. project - is an interesting spot between Mount Lassen and McArthur Burney Falls. Once built to observe the sky and to search for extraterrestrial life today this area only works if they get special order and money from universities or private organizations. Never the less this area is an interesting spot with a long history. And if you go there and ask for some information you will find a very friendly and helpful crew that allows a walk around, pictures and a very close visit to this technical highlight.
Written October 30, 2017
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Mary V
McKinleyville, CA828 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
We went a bit out of our way to get to this special place and are so glad we did. It's really good to get outside of ourselves - the daily news events and family/house issues - to realize there are some serious people out there trying to pick up space communications. In an area that looks straight out of the movie "Contact," the 42 telescopes (with any luck and lots of donations, they plan to install a total of 350) swivel and lean to improve reception. Spend time in the front office to learn about this amazing equipment and then go outside and walk among the telescopes. It was just my husband and me this time, but I would certainly take a family there. It's good for young people to know there's a lot of space to explore!
Written May 23, 2017
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NancyMcIntosh
Phoenix, OR156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
My guy and I recently visited the observatory just to get out of the house for the day! Since Robert was born in Roswell it seemed appropriate to visit this very interesting place! We each got a really nice T-shirt to commemorate our visit. We took lots of photos. We will keep tabs on any new science happening there in the future! Very enjoyable and doesn't attract all that many people...unless they are nerds like us!
Written July 12, 2019
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DaveMCFarm
Hornbrook, CA26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
Take a tour of the universe but first take a tour of the radio telescope observatory that will take you out to the stars ! Try and make it between Monday's & Thursday's most Fridays there closed! They have a self guided tour of the facility !
Written September 22, 2016
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Sudheer P
Sunnyvale, CA221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
its one of my favourite place. if you know about SETI project then its easy to understand why there are many antennas there. its on the way from redbuff to burney falls but little detour of 3 miles after lassen volcanic park and before burney falls.
Written January 6, 2020
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