Sphinx Observatory

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Sphinx Observatory
Sphinx Observatorium.jpg
Location Bern/Valais, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°32′51″N 7°59′6″E / 46.54750°N 7.98500°E / 46.54750; 7.98500Coordinates: 46°32′51″N 7°59′6″E / 46.54750°N 7.98500°E / 46.54750; 7.98500
Altitude 3,571 m (11,716 ft)
Established 1937
Website www.hfsjg.ch
Telescopes
Astronomical dome 76 cm [1]
Sphinx Observatory is located in Switzerland
Sphinx Observatory
Location of Sphinx Observatory
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The Sphinx Observatory is an astronomical observatory located above the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. It is named after the Sphinx, a rocky summit on which it is located. At 3,571 m (11,716 ft) above mean sea level, it is one of the highest observatories in the world. Accessible to the public, it is also the second highest observation deck in Switzerland. The mountain top has been tunneled to fit an elevator which ascends to the observatory from the Jungfraujoch railway station, the highest such train station in Europe.

The open viewing deck accessible to the public is adjacent to the observatory. It offers views of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks, all within a few kilometers.

Science[edit]

The scientific part of the Sphinx observatory includes two large laboratories, a weather observation station, a workshop, two terraces for scientific experiments, and an astronomical as well as a meteorological cupola. The astronomical cupola is equipped with a 76cm telescope with Cassegrain and Coudé focus.

The observatory plays an important role in a range of long-term experiments; it serves as a solar spectrometer for the Institute of Astrophysics and Geophysics at the University of Liège, Belgium, and plays a key role in a LIDAR experiment conducted by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

In popular media[edit]

The observatory can be seen in the movies The Grand Budapest Hotel and Krrish 3. It was visited by Season 22 of the American reality competition series The Amazing Race on their visit to Switzerland in Leg 8. It is also briefly seen in the trailer for Steep.[2]

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