Crimean Astrophysical Observatory

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Crimean Astrophysical Observatory
Crimean Astrophyscial Observatory new logo.png
The observatory's logo
Code 095
Location near Nauchny, Crimea
Coordinates 44°43′36″N 34°0′57.1″E / 44.72667°N 34.015861°E / 44.72667; 34.015861Coordinates: 44°43′36″N 34°0′57.1″E / 44.72667°N 34.015861°E / 44.72667; 34.015861

The Crimean Astrophysical Observatory (CrAO) is located at Nauchnyj research campus, near the Central Crimean city of Bakhchysarai, on the Crimean peninsula. CrAO is often called simply by its location and campus name, Crimea-Nauchnij, still ranks among the worldwide most prolific discovery sites for minor planets, with a total of 1,286 discovered minor planet from 1966 to 2007.[1]

CrAO has also been publishing the Bulletin of the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory since 1947, in English since 1977. The observatory facilities (IAU code 095) are located on territory of settlement of Nauchny since the mid-1950s; before that, they were further south, near Simeis. The latter facilities still see some use, and are referred to as the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory-Simeis (IAU code 094).

A view to the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory and Nauchnij from the nearby place called "Скалы" ("The Rocks"). Observatory domes seen above the line of horizon are (from left to right) 2.6-m ZTSH telescope, 1.25-m AZT-11 telescope, and BST-1 Solar telescope.

Selected discoveries
Minor planets discovered: 1,286[1]
2094 Magnitka October 12, 1971
2163 Korczak September 16, 1971
2170 Byelorussia September 16, 1971
2406 Orelskaya August 20, 1966
4426 Roerich October 15, 1969
2698 Azerbajdzhan October 11, 1971
2949 Kaverznev August 9, 1970
4004 List'ev September 16, 1971
4466 Abai September 23, 1971
4916 Brumberg August 10, 1970
4917 Yurilvovia September 28, 1973
5545 Makarov November 1, 1978
5706 Finkelstein September 23, 1971
18284 Tsereteli August 10, 1970


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  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discovery Sites". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved December 2015. The following table lists the total number of discoveries made at each of the most prolific discovery sites, arranged in decreasing order of number of discoveries. 

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