University of Chicago seeks buyer for Wisconsin observatory

The University of Chicago is looking for a buyer for its 121-year-old Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the university will be taking offers for an undetermined amount of time.

University officials announced in March that the observatory will close in October, citing that it’s no longer programmatic or cost effective to continue operations.

Carl Sagan and Edwin Hubble studied at the facility and it’s also the home to a pair of Novel laureates.

Williams Bay residents are concerned about what could happen to their village once the observatory is sold.

University officials say proposal discussions will be confidential, but that they plan to continuously engage with the village board.


Information from: Chicago Tribune,