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|Location||Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom|
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Armagh Observatory is an astronomical research institute in Armagh, Northern Ireland. Around 25 astronomers are based at the observatory, studying stellar astrophysics, the Sun, Solar System astronomy and Earth's climate.
The Observatory is located close to the centre of the city of Armagh, adjacent to the Armagh Planetarium in approximately 14 acres (57,000 m2) of landscaped grounds known as the Armagh Astropark. It was founded in 1789 by Richard Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby, Church of Ireland Lord Primate of All Ireland and Lord Archbishop of Armagh.
There are scale models of the Solar System and the Universe, two sundials and historic telescopes, as well as telescope domes and other outdoor exhibits. The Human Orrery, launched in 2004, is located close to the main Observatory building. The Observatory's specialist library and archives, and collections of scientific instruments and artefacts associated with the development of modern astronomy, represent one of the leading collections of its kind in the British Isles.
List of Directors
|James Archibald Hamilton||1790 - 1815|
|William Davenport||1815 - 1823|
|Thomas Romney Robinson||1823 - 1882|
|John Louis Emil Dreyer||1882 - 1916|
|Joseph A. Hardcastle||1917|
|WFA Ellison||1918 - 1936|
|Eric Mervyn Lindsay||1937 - 1974|
|Mart de Groot||1976 - 1994|
|Mark E. Bailey||1995 - 2016|
|Michael G. Burton||2016 -|