The Astronomical Observatory at Asiago

During the 1930s, astronomers at the University of Padova decided that the historic premises of their Observatory – La Specola – could no longer keep pace with technological progress: a new and more advanced facility was needed. The new observatory at Asiago (see pictures) was designed by the architect Daniele Calabi and opened in 1942. It is equipped with a 122-cm telescope, the observation tower is situated at an elevation of 1050 metres, and the revolving cupola has an outer diameter of 15 metres.
The University subsequently built a new astronomical station, opened in 1973, belonging to INAF, National Institute for Astro-physics. Located a few kilometres away, this second observatory has a 182-cm telescope.

Osservatorio Astrofisico di Asiago
via Osservatorio 8 - 36012 Asiago (VI)
tel. +39 0424 600011 - fax +39 0424 600023

This museum is home to Galileo’s telescope, which is still used for research, teaching and raising awareness of science. The collection also contains 22 other instruments.
Astrophysical Observatory of Asiago
via Osservatorio 8 - 36012 Asiago (VI)
tel. +39 0424 600011 - fax +39 0424 600023
e-mail: museo.astronomia@unipd.it
www.astro.unipd.it/museo