Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada
|Alternative names||Instituto y Observatorio de Marina de San Fernando|
|Location||Cádiz Province, Spain|
The Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada (Royal Institute and Observatory of the Spanish Navy) is the scientific institute and observatory of the Spanish Navy (Armada), located in San Fernando in the Province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain. It was founded in 1753.
Astronomy was of particular importance to the navy in the context of navigation. In 1790 the Royal Observatory in Madrid was built to take over the purely astronomical work of the facility at San Fernando.
- "1670. Se fundan los observatorios de París y Greenwich" (PDF) (in Spanish). Rafael Bachiller, Elmundo.es. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- Pontevedra (November 2016). "The Spanish observatory tracking space junk with lasers".
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