Karl Schwarzschild Observatory

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The Karl Schwarzschild Observatory is a German astronomical observatory in Tautenburg near Jena, Thuringia.

Karl Schwarzschild Observatory
Karl Schwarzschild Observatory in 1981
Alternative namesThüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg
Named afterKarl Schwarzschild
OrganizationThuringian State Observatory
Observatory code033
LocationTautenburg, Thuringia
Coordinates50°58′48.4″N 11°42′40.2″E
Altitude341 m (1,119 ft)
Alfred Jensch TelescopeCarl Zeiss reflector
Karl Schwarzschild Observatory is located in Germany
Karl Schwarzschild Observatory
Location of Karl Schwarzschild Observatory
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It was founded in 1960 as an connection institute of the former German Academy of Sciences at Berlin and named in honour of the astronomer and physicist Karl Schwarzschild. In 1992, the institute was re-established as Thuringian State Observatory.[1]

Telescope[change | change source]

Alfred Jensch Telescope, the largest telescope located in Germany.

The observatory has the largest telescope located in Germany, which is also the largest Schmidt camera in the world. Made by VEB Zeiss Jena, 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.

Extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs observed[change | change source]

The observatory has observed many extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs around the stars HD 8673, 30 Arietis, 4 Ursae Majoris, and around HD 13189 on 5 April 2005.[2] The observatory also hosts an International station for the interferometric radio telescope LOFAR.

References[change | change source]

  1. "General". www.tls-tautenburg.de. Archived from the original on 2022-11-22. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  2. "A giant planet around the massive giant star HD 13189". web.archive.org. 2015-07-20. Archived from the original on 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2022-11-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)