Answered By: Regan Brumagen
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017     Views: 14

 

I'm a big fan of the story of the 200" disk. I haven't heard this one of it breaking loose and rolling down a hill!  It was moved several times, first from the Corning factory to an small city museum in downtown Corning where tourists could view it. Then, in 1951, when the Corning Glass Museum opened it was moved to the Museum as a permanent exhibition. I've looked through all of the newspaper clipping files we have on the 200" disk that is here and cannot find any mention of an accident like you describe. In case you are interested, here are a couple of online articles and videos on the disk and its pouring. The meet the astronomer talk with Scott Kardel is particularly interesting. He came from Palomar to talk about the installation of the second 200" disk in California. I hope you enjoy your visit and let me know if you have other questions!

http://www.cmog.org/collection/exhibitions/mirror-to-discovery

http://www.cmog.org/video/60-years-200-inch-disk

http://www.cmog.org/article/glass-giant

http://www.cmog.org/video/meet-astronomer-scott-kardel

http://www.cmog.org/article/hale-reflecting-telescope-palomar

 

 

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