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Museums in Kiev > Kiev Observatory Museum

 

 

 

 

Address: 3-b, Observatornaya Str., Kiev
Phone number: 486-23-91
Open daily. Excursions on prior arrangement.

Kiev observatory is more than 150 years old. The main exhibition of the Museum is placed in so-called “Meridian Pavilion” which has existed since 1995. The exhibition represents astronomic techniques and calculating devices, historical telescopes, navigation and geodesic equipment. Astronomy started with quite “earthly’ things: ancient Egyptians and Sumerian wanted to know the time of overflow of their great rivers.

How can stars be measured? Through what hardship can they be reached? Unique object from the history of astronomy. The sky seems closer to us in the Kiev observatory Museum: stars and the Moon can be observed even in daytime. Everything unusual is simple. You should just order an excursion to the Museum.

Kiev observatory is more than 150 years old. The main exhibition of the Museum is placed in so-called “Meridian Pavilion” which has existed since 1995. The exhibition represents astronomic techniques and calculating devices, historical telescopes, navigation and geodesic equipment. Astronomy started with quite “earthly’ things: ancient Egyptians and Sumerian wanted to know the time of overflow of their great rivers.

Walking about the circle, watching the first bulky devices which were used to determine orbits and coordinates of distant stars, one can have a feeling of being present in a19th century laboratory. There you can see the first telescopes of the leading European companies, the oldest of which was constructed in 1838. Along with them there are devices for exact time calculation; science doesn’t know any time more precise than astronomic. Clocks and chronographs of more than 100 year old still function - the great European quality. There are clocks that used to be placed on lighthouses.

Pictures made in Kiev observatory, materials of optical observation for more than 40 years, measuring aerial, range finder lasers bring us to cosmic era. What are astrophotometer and comparator like? There are even more here: spectroscope, spherometer and navikart.

The first portative computers and typing machines produced many scientific discoveries. Scientists` helpers are placed near the most unique device that helps to calculate when the Moon will cover one or another star. This real masterpiece of science was constructed in 1936 by Professor O. Yakovkin.

Here we’ll be able to observe lives of Kiev astronomers, find out what discoveries were made in this area – the legendary mountain where remains of an Old Russian warrior were found during construction of the observatory. Who knows, maybe it was Prince Oleg himself.

And all this way in huge time and place space from the epic Prince to distant galaxies we overcome in Einstein manner by compressing it into a ball during our excursion about the Museum of Kiev observatory. 



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