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Definition of Observatory


  1. A place or building for making observations on the heavenly bodies.
  2. A building fitted with instruments for making systematic observations of any particular class or series of natural phenomena.
  3. A place, as an elevated chamber, from which a view may be observed or commanded.
  4. A lookout on a flank of a battery whence an officer can note the range and effect of the fire.

Observatory Quotations

Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.
Henry David Thoreau

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
Henry Ward Beecher

After decades of hauling telescopes around in the back of vans and going up to high altitude locations and so forth, I did finally build an observatory, here on Sonoma mountain.
Timothy Ferriss

The result was that, if it happened to clear off after a cloudy evening, I frequently arose from my bed at any hour of the night or morning and walked two miles to the observatory to make some observation included in the programme.
Simon Newcomb

If you start out with a little telescope observing the stars and you keep at it over the years, as I have, it's kind of a dream to one day have an observatory where you can always go and use the telescope conveniently.
Timothy Ferriss
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Observatory Translations

observatory in German is Sternwarte
observatory in Spanish is observatorio
observatory in Swedish is observatorium
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