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July 14, 2008

Psalm 137


Charles Thomas Bolton, the first astronomer to present irrefutable evidence of the existence of a black hole*, crying on the steps of his observatory (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

After 73 years of the observatory being open the University of Toronto sent Bolton an email informing him that he had 10 days to get get off the premises because the University in their "wisdom" had decided to close the David Dunlap Observatory. ...

The university used the excuse that the observatory was no longer useful due to light pollution, but this is a lie as the facility is perfectly useful long-term research programs and large survey programs where relatively few observations are taken of a large number of stars. But more shocking than the closure of the observatory is the poor way the university is treating Mr. Bolton. It's heartbreaking to think that when you're looking at that photo that they carrying out 37 years of his life's work. The University of Toronto should be ashamed of their shoddy treatment of a man who is a real life hero.

* Cygnus X, hole of color, etc.; whatever my American cousins might call the phenomenon in these latter days.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 14, 2008 05:58 AM


Perhaps they've found a better use for the building, you know, like add a few minarets, whatever...
I'm sure there are more learned institutions elsewhere that will welcome Mr. Bolton.

Posted by: the sad old goth... [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 14, 2008 07:32 AM

Americans with sense call them black holes.

Idiots may think differently, but that does not guard them from idiocy.


Posted by: Mark Alger [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 14, 2008 08:57 AM

hole of color?

That's hysterical.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 14, 2008 01:33 PM

Dr. Bolton is himself an American. I can only imagine what he no thinks of his decision to come to the University of Toronto.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 14, 2008 03:55 PM