Chico Community Observatory Reopens, Better Than Ever

A behind the scenes look at the newly reopened facility in Upper Park.

Posted: Jul 9, 2018 3:48 AM
Updated: Jul 9, 2018 8:04 AM

Chico, Calif. -- If you've ever been curious about what's beyond our plant - even our solar system - you don't have to go very far to get a closer look.

After closing down for nearly a year, the Chico Community Observatory is back in business - and they have even more to offer.

Director Bill Koperwhats said they needed to replace batteries, air conditioning and even the retractable roof.

The 120V AC batteries that run the show are solar powered, and they run the telescopes, lights and computers at night.

But there were some costly mechanical troubles last Summer, and they observatory shut down; they needed about $8,000 to get back up and running.

And now, thanks to donations from local residents, some donated time from Chico Electric and the Chico Kiwanis Club, the community once again can check out basically every planet in the solar system.

Bill Koperwhats and reporter Hayley Watts bring you a behind the scene tour of the facility Monday morning on Action News Now.

The observatory is open Friday through Sunday, from sunset to 11 p.m.

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