Zimmerwald Observatory

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Zimmerwald Observatory
View of the dome-shaped Zimmerwald Obeservatory
The Zimmerwald Observatory in 2009
Organization University of Berne
Observatory code 026
Location near Zimmerwald, Canton of Berne, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°52′36″N 7°27′54″E / 46.87667°N 7.46500°E / 46.87667; 7.46500Coordinates: 46°52′36″N 7°27′54″E / 46.87667°N 7.46500°E / 46.87667; 7.46500
Established 1956
Website www.aiub.unibe.ch
ZIMLAT 1-meter Laser and Astrometric Telescope
Zimmerwald Observatory is located in Switzerland
Zimmerwald Observatory
Location of Zimmerwald Observatory

The Zimmerwald Observatory (German: Observatorium Zimmerwald) is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the AIUB, the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern. Built in 1956, it is located at Zimmerwald, 10 kilometers south of Bern, Switzerland.

Numerous comets and asteroids have been discovered by Paul Wild (1925–2014) at Zimmerwald Observatory, most notably comet 81P/Wild, which was visited by NASA's Stardust space probe in 2004. The main belt asteroid 1775 Zimmerwald has been named after the location of the observatory.[1]

The 1-meter aperture ZIMLAT telescope was inaugurated in 1997.[2]

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  1. ^ "1775 Zimmerwald (1969 JA)". JPL – Small-Body Database Browser. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "The ZIMLAT Telescope". Universität Bern, Astronomisches Institut, Zimmerwald Observatory. 3 August 2007. 

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