Asiago Astrophysical Observatory


Asiago Astrophysical Observatory
Children building an E-ELT mirror.jpg
OrganizationUniversity of Padua Edit this on Wikidata
Observatory code 043 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationAsiago, Province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Coordinates45°51′59″N 11°31′35″E / 45.8664°N 11.5264°E / 45.8664; 11.5264Coordinates: 45°51′59″N 11°31′35″E / 45.8664°N 11.5264°E / 45.8664; 11.5264
Altitude1,045 m (3,428 ft) Edit this at Wikidata
Established1942 Edit this on Wikidata Edit this at Wikidata
Asiago Astrophysical Observatory is located in Italy
Asiago Astrophysical Observatory
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The Asiago Astrophysical Observatory (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Asiago, or Asiago Observatory for short) is an Italian astronomical observatory (IAU code 043) owned and operated by the University of Padua. Founded in 1942, it is located on the plateau of Asiago, 90 kilometers northwest of Padua, near the town of Asiago. Its main instrument is the 1.22-meter Galilei telescope, currently used only for spectrometric observations.

The observatory saw the construction of a 1:1 scale model of the European Extremely Large Telescope's primary mirror.[1]

Cima Ekar Observing Station

The nearby Cima Ekar Observing Station (Italian: Stazione osservativa di Asiago Cima Ekar) is located approximately 3.8 kilometers to the southeast on Mount Ekar. It has the observatory code 098. Cima Ekar also participates in the Asiago-DLR Asteroid Survey, a prominent international dedicated programme to search and follow-up asteroids and comets, with special emphasis on near-Earth objects.

See also


  1. ^ "Children building an E-ELT mirror". ESO Picture of the Week. Retrieved 14 October 2014.

External links

  • Asiago Astrophysical Observatory