Georgia Astronomy tours
Join Sky & Telescope in Georgia. We’ll visit one of the world’s oldest observatories founded in early 30-ies, see breathtaking landscapes, and observe the crystal-clear night sky. With its high mountains, clear skies, and dry air, Abastumani is a mecca for both professional research astronomy and nighttime stargazing.
About Georgian National Astrophysical Observatory (Abastumani, Georgia)
The history of Abastumani Observatory dates back to the 19th century and is associated with a brother of Russian Emperor Nikolai II, Grand Duke Giorgi Alexandrovich and a famous Russian astronomer Professor Sergei Glazenapp who set up a temporary observatory there, where in 1932 the Georgian National Astrophysical Observatory was founded as the first mountainous astrophysical observatory in the former Soviet Union. The observatory is located 250 km to the west of Tbilisi, on mount Kanobili at 1700 meters above the sea level.
Latitude: 41 45’18.”19
Longitude: 42 49 ‘31.”2
- Structure and Evolution of Galaxy
- Extragalactic Objects
- Variable Stars
- Stellar Systems and Stars
- Solar System
- Early Universe