About us

Tartu Observatory is a public research and development authority, administered by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research operating under the Research and Development Act, other laws and international contracts.

Tartu Observatory is a successor of the Tartu University Observatory, founded in 1808, and the Estonian Meteorological Observatory, founded in 1865. Tartu Observatory is also a successor of the Institute of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics, established by the Act of the council of Ministers of the Estonian SSR nr 374 on Aug 22, 1973.

The principal area of activity of Tartu Observatory is the research and experimental development on natural sciences to promote science in the fields of astronomy, remote sensing and space technology, provide research-based services in these areas, be a reliable partner in the international networks, train young scientists and extend the natural-scientific worldview.

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