About Oak Ridge:
The Oak Ridge Observatory, in Harvard,
Massachusetts, formerly operated the largest optical telescope east of Texas in
the U.S. Owned by Harvard University, it was operated by the
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), part of the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) until August 19, 2005.
In 2016, Nola Taylor Redd wrote a nice piece for
SPACE.COM about the closed-down site:
Old Eyes on the Sky: Touring Harvard's Shuttered Oak Ridge Observatory
The Wyeth 61-inch reflector carried out research on
stellar radial velocities and the motions of comets and asteroids.
An 84-foot steerable radio telescope was used in
Project BETA, a search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Optical SETI program continues
at Oak Ridge
See the Harvard SETI Homepage
for more information.