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Sternberg Astronomical Institute

Nature volume 142, page 789 (29 October 1938) | Download Citation



ACCORDING to “Russia Today” Press Service, buildings for the Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Moscow will be commenced early next year in the vicinity of Butovo Station, one of the highest points on the outskirts of Moscow. The observatory, laboratory, mechanical workshops and blocks of flats to house the staff of the Institute will occupy a site of 14l acres. The main part of the Institute's building will contain accommodation for research workers, lecture rooms, a library for 100,000 volumes and a storehouse for the 60,000 photographic negatives taken by the Observatory and by the Southern Astronomical Station in Tajikistan. Underground in the same block will be situated the time service with its astronomical clocks, and a gravimetric laboratory. A tower, to be erected over the main body of the building, is to be used for solar work. The removal of the Institute from Moscow is necessitated by the increasing vibration caused by traffic and the reflection of the city's electric lights in the sky, which interfere with astronomical observations.

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