Wednesday, August 22, 2012

150th anniversary of Helsinki University Observatory 12.9.1984

Helsinki University Observatory housed the Department of Astronomy at the University of Helsinki, south Finland until the end of 2009.
The Helsinki astronomical observatory was designed in cooperation by professor Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander and architect Carl Ludvig Engel. The building was finished in 1834. The instruments and astronomical books that had escaped the great fire in Turku were transferred to Helsinki. The observatory was among the most modern astronomical observatories of its time, and served as an example for several European observatories that were built afterwards.
A separate tower was built in the observatory garden for the telescope designed for astrophotography. This building was finished in 1890. Pia gave me this lovely FDC issued on 12.9.1984. The stamp was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Helsinki University Observatory.

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