Karl Schwarzschild Observatory

Karl Schwarzschild Observatory
Karl Schwarzschild Observatory in 1981
Alternative namesThüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg Edit this at Wikidata
Named afterKarl Schwarzschild Edit this on Wikidata
OrganizationThuringian State Observatory
Observatory code 033 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationTautenburg, Thuringia
Coordinates50°58′48.4″N 11°42′40.2″E / 50.980111°N 11.711167°E / 50.980111; 11.711167Coordinates: 50°58′48.4″N 11°42′40.2″E / 50.980111°N 11.711167°E / 50.980111; 11.711167
Altitude341 m (1,119 ft)
Established1960 (1960)
Alfred Jensch TelescopeCarl Zeiss reflector
Karl Schwarzschild Observatory is located in Germany
Karl Schwarzschild Observatory
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The Karl Schwarzschild Observatory (German: Karl-Schwarzschild-Observatorium) is a German astronomical observatory in Tautenburg near Jena, Thuringia.

It was founded in 1960 as an affiliated institute of the former German Academy of Sciences at Berlin and named in honour of the astronomer and physicist Karl Schwarzschild (1873–1916). In 1992, the institute was re-established as Thuringian State Observatory (Thüringer Landessternwarte, TLS).[1]

Alfred Jensch Telescope

The observatory has the largest telescope located in Germany, which is also the largest Schmidt camera in the world. Made by VEB Zeiss Jena (the branch of Carl Zeiss located in Jena in what was then East Germany), this instrument is known as (2m) Alfred Jensch Telescope: though its mirror is 2 metres in diameter, the telescope's aperture is 1.34 m.[2]

The observatory has observed several exoplanets and brown dwarfs, as around the stars HD 8673, 30 Arietis, 4 Ursae Majoris, and around HD 13189 on 5 April 2005.[3] The observatory also hosts an International station for the interferometric radio telescope LOFAR.[4]

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  1. ^ "General". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ "2m-Alfred-Jensch-Telescope". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  3. ^ "A giant planet around the massive giant star HD 13189". Archived from the original on 20 July 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ "German LOFAR stations". ASTRON. Retrieved 2015-05-17.

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