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Observatory of Paris

Domaine(s) : Astronomy

Region : Ile de France


The Observatory of Paris is present in three locations:
- Paris
- Meudon
- Nancay
Seven laboratories form the center, which is a large facility and has the status university.
30% of French astronomers do their research in this University.

The Observatory of Paris has three main missions:
- Research,
- Training,
- Communication & Transfer of the Knowledge.


Two hours are needed to visit this location in Paris founded by Colbert, and more specifically:
- The room of the talking clocks,
- The large gallery with magnificent instruments of observation,
- The Chamber Council decorated with the Directors of the Observatory of Paris,
- The Cassini room, crossed in a north-south axis by the Paris meridian and shown via brass rod
- The 18th century Arago dome and his telescope. Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.


The research carried out there cover all fields of astronomy and astrophysics:
- The study of the Sun and Sun-Earth relations, particularly in the site of Paris,
- Planets and planetary systems,
- Star creation and interstellar space,
- The formation and evolution of galaxies,
- Astroparticles and cosmology,
- Metrology of the space & time,
- The history and philosophy of sciences.


77 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris

By Bus: lines 38, 83 or 91 stop 'Observatoire-Port Royal'
By subway: station Port-Royal or Denfert-Rochereau.

N 48°51'35'' E 02°20'40''

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