• WordNet 3.6
    • n observatory a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
    • n observatory a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical phenomena
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Lick Observatory telescope Lick Observatory telescope

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The strongest gust of wind was recorded at the Mount Washington Observatory on April 12th, 1934, and measured 231 miles per hour.
    • Observatory A building fitted with instruments for making systematic observations of any particular class or series of natural phenomena.
    • Observatory (Mil) A lookout on a flank of a battery whence an officer can note the range and effect of the fire; usually referred to as an observation post.
    • Observatory A place or building for making observations on the heavenly bodies. "The new observatory in Greenwich Park."
    • Observatory A place, as an elevated chamber, from which a view may be observed or commanded.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The telescope at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, in California, also serves as a tomb. The 36-inch refracting telescope is mounted on a pillar that contains the remains of Jack Lick, who died in 1876. Lick was a wealthy financier and philanthropist who financed the construction of the observatory that bears his name.
    • n observatory A place or building set apart for, and fitted with instruments for making, observations of natural phenomena: as, an astronomical or a meteorological observatory. An astronomical observatory is so planned as to secure for the instruments the greatest possible stability and freedom from tremors, protection from the weather, and an unobstructed view, together with such arrangements as will otherwise facilitate observations.
    • n observatory A place of observation at such an altitude as to afford an extensive view, such as a lookout-station, a signaling-station, or a belvedere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official time ball for the U.S. is on top of the U.S. naval Observatory in Washington, DC As early as 1845, the U.S. Navy dropped a time ball every noon from atop a building on a hill overlooking Washington, DC. People from many miles could set their watches at noon. Ships anchored in the Potomac River could check their chronometers.
    • Observatory a place for making astronomical and physical observations, usually placed in some high and stable place
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. observatoire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. observāre, -ātumob, before, servāre, to keep.


In literature:

As to the outer wall of the Observatory it did not show as much as the faintest crack.
"Notes on My Books" by Joseph Conrad
The light railway ended at a small station, where there was the observatory and a hotel.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
In specifying the objects to which it should be applied, that of the establishment of an Astronomical Observatory was not omitted.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
The famous tower at Seville was built for the observatory.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
From this memorable spot of ground, I went to the Observatory.
"The Stranger in France" by John Carr
BENNETT, Watch, Clock, and Instrument Maker to the Royal Observatory, the Board of Ordnance, the Admiralty, and the Queen.
"Notes and Queries, Number 188, June 4, 1853" by Various
These measurements are recorded at the Government Observatory Station and need not be disputed.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
BENNETT, Watch, Clock, and Instrument Maker to the Royal Observatory, the Board of Ordnance, the Admiralty, and the Queen.
"Notes and Queries, Number 186, May 21, 1853" by Various
BENNETT, Watch, Clock, and Instrument Maker to the Royal Observatory, the Board of Ordnance, the Admiralty, and the Queen.
"Notes and Queries, Number 187, May 28, 1853" by Various
Sometimes he was out of sight on the other side, with the observatory room in the mast hiding him.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
The observatory is like any sentry-box.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
One of these represents the Brightling Observatory as seen from Rosehill Park.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
The place is marked on the map as Sickle Mountain Naval Observatory.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
At the observatory clouds, The moon we did not see.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Let's go and sit on the bank below the observatory.
"Betty Wales Senior" by Margaret Warde
Did the Washington observatory report what happened to it?
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Jim, you're hunting up the nearest observatory.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
I slept on Sunday night at my dear friend's, Mr. Johnson's, at the Observatory.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
Capocci, of the Capodimonte Observatory, at Naples, May 11, 1845.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
On the hill where the observatory was situated two circular volcanic vents were to be seen.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor

In news:

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured this image of a double prominence solar eruption of super-hot plasma on November 16, 2012.
A computer-generated view of Asteroid 4179 Toutatis, using observations by a NASA observatory in California.
"He was not only a dependable, committed worker, Greg was one of those individuals who seemed to like everyone he came in contact with," John Wareham, the observatory's deputy director, said in a written statement.
Man killed in Mount Hamilton crash believed to be observatory employee .
And for more about the Maya calendar end-of-the-world myth, go to this NASA site and this one by the observatory.
Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting.
(Photo: NASA Earth Observatory/WJLA) 8 of 27 fullscreen mode.
The observatory says additional eruptions are still possible with little warning, and ash clouds 20,000 feet above sea level are possible.
NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this gorgeous video of a recent outburst from the sun's surface in ultraviolet light.
Jeffrey Hall, left, director of Lowell Observatory, briefs Neil Armstrong, center, about the Discovery Channel Telescope.
Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff , Arizona.
Ghostland Observatory at Warehouse Live.
Geauga Park District's Observatory Park is holding a program 6:30-8 pm tonight to study the full Hunter's Moon.
The region's only dark-sky park is open daily 6 am to 11 pm It includes hiking trails, an observatory, planetarium, weather station and other features.
NASA's infrared observatory measures expansion of universe.

In science:

Figure 1.2: The Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
The second correction is made for the position of the observatory.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Another pleasing property of variational principles is they provide a road map for deriving accurate estimates of orbital parameters for binary systems, which may in turn be used to generate waveform templates for gravitational wave observatories.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Haro telescope of the INAOE (Mexico) and with the Calar Alto observatory operated by the Centro Astronomico Hispano Aleman (Spain).
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.
On the Purity of the ZZ Ceti Instability Strip: Discovery of More Pulsating DA White Dwarfs on the Basis of Optical Spectroscopy
This work was partly supported by the KBN grant BST to the Warsaw University Observatory.
A simple method of correcting magnitudes for the errors introduced by atmospheric refraction
The data from collider experiments and cosmic observatories indicates the existence of three light matter generations.
On the Number of Chiral Generations in Z2 X Z2 Orbifolds
The indices in the Lick system were extracted from the spectra of 460 stars obtained between 1972 and 1984 using the red-sensitive IDS and Cassegrain spectrograph on the 3m Shane telescope at Lick Observatory.
Evolutionary Population Synthesis for Binary Stellar Populations
The optical qualities of the VERITAS prototype mirrors were tested at the Whipple Observatory basecamp.
An Overview of The VERITAS Prototype Telescope And Camera
When these upgrades are completed the prototype will be redesignated Telescope 1 and will operate at the basecamp of the Whipple Observatory for two years.
An Overview of The VERITAS Prototype Telescope And Camera
The Swift satellite will be a self-contained observatory that will bring new capabilities to the observing of the early afterglow emission of Gamma-ray Bursts.
Swift's Ability to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts
This tables contains data, obtained from the spectrum of Terskol observatory and IUE specta respectively.
About the chemical composition of delta Scuti - the prototype of the class of pulsating variables
IRAF is written and supported by the IRAF programming group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) in Tucson, Arizona.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
Published by Cambridge University Press, as part of the Carnegie Observatories Astrophysics Series.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
The sample is obtained from surveys carried out at the Asiago and Sternberg Observatories.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?