Skalnaté pleso Observatory

The Skalnaté pleso Observatory (Slovak: Observatórium Skalnaté pleso; obs. code: 056) is an astronomical and meteorological observatory in the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia.[1][2] It is located at an altitude of 1,786 metres (5,860 ft) on the south-eastern slopes of Lomnický štít near Tatranská Lomnica. The observatory is named after a nearby mountain lake (Skalnaté pleso, literally: "Rocky Tarn").

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Skalnaté pleso Observatory
Alternative namesSkalnate pleso observatory Edit this at Wikidata
Observatory code 056 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationVysoké Tatry, Slovakia Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates49°11′22″N 20°14′02″E / 49.189381°N 20.233819°E / 49.189381; 20.233819Coordinates: 49°11′22″N 20°14′02″E / 49.189381°N 20.233819°E / 49.189381; 20.233819 Edit this at Wikidata
Skalnaté pleso Observatory is located in Slovakia
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Skalnaté pleso Observatory in December 2004

The observatory produced the popular sky atlas Skalnate Pleso Atlas of the Heavens by Antonín Bečvář, who founded the observatory in 1943. It is also known for its visual comet hunting and for its astrometric observations and discoveries of minor planets. The asteroid 2619 Skalnaté Pleso was named in honor of the observatory.[2]

Noted astronomers who worked at the observatory include Milan Antal, Antonín Mrkos, Ľudmila Pajdušáková and Margita Kresáková (née Vozárová), as well as Alois Paroubek and Regina Podstanická. Discoveries include the minor planets 1807 Slovakia and 1989 Tatry.

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  1. ^ "List Of Observatory Codes". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(2619) Skalnaté Pleso". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2619) Skalnaté Pleso. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 214. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_2620. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.

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