Glossary term: Astronomical Observatory

Description: An astronomical observatory is a place designed and built exclusively to facilitate the observation of the day or night sky. It has specialized instruments such as telescopes, CCD cameras with special filters, computer rooms, and tools to analyze images. It usually has domes or dome-shaped roofs that open and move to allow the observation of a certain region of the sky. They have special temperature controls to keep their mirrors, dishes, or lenses in the best shape ready to capture the wonders of the sky.

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