Brera Astronomical Observatory

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Brera Astronomical Observatory
Brera - cupole.jpg
(ca. 1886-1890)
Code 027
Location Brera, Milan, Italy
Coordinates 45°28′17″N 9°11′22″E / 45.47139°N 9.18944°E / 45.47139; 9.18944Coordinates: 45°28′17″N 9°11′22″E / 45.47139°N 9.18944°E / 45.47139; 9.18944
Established 1764
Website www.merate.mi.astro.it

The Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Brera Astronomical Observatory) is an astronomical observatory in the Brera district of Milan, Italy. It was built in the historic Palazzo Brera in 1764 by the Jesuit astronomer Ruggero Boscovich.[1] Following the suppression of the Jesuits by Clement XIV on 21 July 1773, the palace and the observatory passed to the then rulers of northern Italy, the Austrian Habsburg dynasty.[2] The observatory has since remained under state control.

Original wooden model of the Brera Astronomical Observatory exhibited at Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milan.

In 1862, The Government of Italy funded the purchase of a 218mm Merz Equatorial Refracting Telescope that was ordered to the German constructor Georg Merz, in 1862.[3] [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mario Carpino (2010). Breve storia dell'Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera attraverso i suoi strumenti (in Italian). Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera. Accessed July 2015.
  2. ^ Giuseppe Schio (1930). Brera (in Italian). Enciclopedia Italiana. Roma: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana. Accessed July 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.brera.unimi.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75&Itemid=137&lang=en Brera Astronomical Observatory, refracting telescope that was ordered to the German constructor Georg Merz (1793-1867), in 1862.
  4. ^ http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/2004ESASP.545..157B In 1862, The Government of Italy funded the purchase of a 218mm Merz Equatorial Refracting Telescope for the Brera Astronomical Observatory

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