Sphinx Observatory

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Sphinx Observatory
Sphinx Observatory.jpg
Location Bern/Valais, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°32′51″N 7°59′6″E / 46.54750°N 7.98500°E / 46.54750; 7.98500Coordinates: 46°32′51″N 7°59′6″E / 46.54750°N 7.98500°E / 46.54750; 7.98500
Altitude 3,571 m (11,716 ft)
Established 1937
Astronomical dome 76 cm[1]

The Sphinx Observatory is an astronomical observatory located above the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. It is named after the Sphinx, a rocky summit on which it is located. At 3,571 m (11,716 ft) above mean sea level, it is one of the highest observatories in the world. Accessible to the public, it is also the second highest observation deck in Switzerland. The mountain top has been tunneled to fit an elevator which ascends to the observatory from the Jungfraujoch train station, the highest such rail station in Europe.

The open viewing deck accessible to the public is adjacent to the observatory. It offers views of the Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger peaks, all within a few kilometres.

In popular media[edit]

The Sphinx Observatory appeared in the Bollywood film Krrish 3, as a laboratory of Kaal, the main villain in the film.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The observation instrument in the astronomical dome is a 76 cm telescope with Cassegrain and Coudé focus", Bern, Switzerland: International Foundation High Altitude Research Stations.

External links[edit]

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