Guilford College physics major Joseph Holmes helped staff members install a 24-inch reflecting telescope at GTCC's Cline Observatory in Jamestown, according to an article in the Greensboro News & Record.
Replacing a 16-inch model, the new telescope is housed under a 6-meter rotating dome and will allow visitors to observe faint objects in space with great clarity, such as the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
The completion of the project actualizes the long-held aspirations of some in the community, such as Aaron Martin, who founded Cline Observatory and acted as director from its dedication in 1997 until his retirement in 2001. The 24-inch telescope is now one of the largest at any community college in the country.
Aaron, who was on hand to watch the installation on Wednesday, emphasized that “there are not many community colleges anywhere in the United States that have a facility this size,” it’s “a big day for the community.”
Like Guilford College's own observatory, the observatory at GTCC is named for J. Donald Cline '78, a member of Guilford’s Board of Visitors.