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Astronomical Observatory (OAUV)

Astronomical Observatory (OAUV)

The Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia is an institution dedicated to research, education, and the study of the Universe and the popularization of astronomy in society.

Founded in 1909, the Observatory is currently at the forefront of astronomical research and dissemination. The Observatory staff (some 15 persons) is dedicated to such hot research topics as the study of the nature of dark energy, the evolution of the Universe and its galaxies, the formation and evolution of stars, and the study of asteroids near the Earth. They participate in two CONSOLIDER projects (ALHAMBRA and PAU) and lead a PROMETEO project (“Observational Tests of the Standard Cosmological Model”), dedicated to first-rate cosmological studies related to the above-mentioned topics. They also lead another two projects financed by the Ministry of Education and Science. 

Web: http://www.uv.es/obsast/es

The Observatory is equipped with three telescopes of 40, 50 and 60 cm and two all-sky cameras, installed at the observation station in Aras de los Olmos (the Astronomical Observatory of Aras). The 60 cm telescope is completely robotic, which means observations can be carried out from anywhere in the world, in this way permitting international collaborations, in both research and education.

Likewise, the Observatory has become a key point of reference for regional schools, with educational programs directed specifically at students. It also acts as a source and advisor for the media and organizes conference series and other activities aimed at the popularization of astronomy. Observation nights open to the public and the “Aula del Cel” (“The Sky Classroom”) are two of the most popular activities attended by over 3000 people annually. The “Aula del Cel” is a project in collaboration with the Generalitat Valenciana.


Director: José Carlos Guirado

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