Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Byurakan

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The Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, or Byurakan Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the Armenian Academy of Sciences. It is located on the slope of Mount Aragats in the village of Byurakan in Armenia.
Founded in 1946 by Viktor Hambardzumyan, it was one of the main astronomy centers of the USSR. The buildings were designed by architect Samvel Safarian. The hotel, central building and structures are for astronomical instruments. The observatory has discovered special star clusters - stellar associations (1947), more than 1,000 flare stars, dozens of Supernovae, hundreds of Herbig-Haro objects and cometary nebulae, hundreds of galaxies. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the observatory fell into hard times.
The first conference was held in November 1951 on the topic of stellar associations. On 19 September 1956 a major meeting on non-stable stars was held. It has been the site of two major conferences on SETI, and is recognised as the regional center for astronomical research.
Directors included V.A. Ambartsumian till 1988, E.Ye. Khachikian till 1993, H.A. Harutyunian from 1993 to 1994, and A.R. Petrosian from 1994-1999. Khachikian returned as director from 1999-2003 and Harutyunian also returned after this.
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  • Such a buzz we have not experienced for a long time⭐️☄️night with children in the rain-romance. Just like in a pioneer camp at 13 when he ran away from the squad in search of adventure, Guide turned out to be a wonderful guy. Jupiter is incredibly cool☝️Must return in August ☄️⭐️
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  • The Byurakan Observatory is located in the village of the same name, in the north of Armenia.Built by Viktor Ambartsumyan in 1946 and was one of the main astronomical observatories in the CIS, and now bears its same name. I advise you to visit this amazing place.
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  • During the daytime it is rather uninteresting unless you're really fan of telescopes and would like to have a peek at the one which at the time of construction in 1977 was worlds 7th largest optical telescope.
  • Interesting place. There is excursion for 40 minutes. During the tour you can see Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon ... Telescope 120 mm.
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