Byurakan Observatory

The observatory boasts 5 main telescopes, among them are ZTA-2.6 which is the largest in the region and 1m Schmidt telescopes, unique in the world.

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Byurakan Observatory

Byurakan Observatory owned by National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA) was founded in 1946. It is located near the village of Byurakan which lies about 35 km from Yerevan.

The first campus of the observatory which contains tower telescopes, administrative buildings and a guest house was designed by People's Architect of Armenia S. Safarian.

It is included in the state list of historical-cultural monuments of Aragatsotn marz as a complex of state significance. 

The observatory boasts 5 main telescopes, among them are ZTA-2.6 which is the largest in the region and 1m Schmidt telescopes, unique in the world.   

The Byurakan studies center on such instability phenomena occurring in the Universe as cosmic bursts and blasts, ultra-fast outflows, observations helping to elucidate the evolution of astronomical objects.

Byurakan Observatory is well-known for its new approaches. Contrary to the commonly accepted views, it has proved the existence of young stars due to the continuous star-formation processes. It has also proved that galactic nuclei have extremely high activity which may generate massive outflows.

The observations at Byurakan have also revealed that bursts are characteristic of young stellar objects causing release of excessive inner energy.

The observatory has discovered a large number of celestial objects (special star clusters, flare stars, nebulae, active galaxies, galaxy clusters, etc.) which later became a subject for international observations.

As for galaxies discovered by Markarian (known as Markarian galaxies), they are in the focus of worldwide studies.

Byurakan observatory is a world famous scientific institution and an important knowledge transfer center. It annually hosts a large number of specialists with public lectures and observations (a special telescope has been designed for the purpose) organized for them.

In 1998 the observatory was named after its founder Victor Ambartsumian. In 2014 Armenian government decreed that Byurakan Observatory be included in the list of national values. 
Text is provided by Byurakan Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA).


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    Ticket price 1200 AMD

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    Working period/season Year around

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    Working days Monday - Friday

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    Working hours 10 AM - 5 PM

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    How to reach From Yerevan take M1 highway and drive 35.4 km to north west and you will reach the Byurakan Observatory. The trip will take approximately 38 minutes.

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