Urania Sternwarte


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A public observatory in the Lindenhof quarter of Zurich, Switzerland. Its name Urania refers to the muse of astronomy in Greek mythology.

Its origins base on a first observatory on the roof of the Zunfthaus zur Meisen. In 1759, so called «Astronomische Kommission» succeeded from this location for the first time, to define Culminatio solis and thus calculated the exact global location of the city of Zurich. In later years, astronomical observations were done from the Grossmünster’s southern «Karl’s tower», followed by scientific obsevations (not for public use by interested enthusiasts) from the Federal observatory, built 1861/64 for ETH Zürich by Gottfried Semper.

In 1899, the Zürich merchant Abraham Weill Einstein initiated the oldest observatory in Switzerland, situated near Werdmühleplatz (Uraniastrasse). On June 15, 1907, the observatory was given to operational use. Its approximately 51 meter high tower, dominating western end of Zurich’s historical Altstadt.

I captured this photograph during by city tour of Zurich.


Equipment : Canon EOS 7D, Tamron 28 – 300 mm lens @ 274 mm

Av – F8.0, Tv – 1/200 Sec, ISO – 100. Hand Held.

Location : Zurich, Switzerland

Processing : Single RAW file was processed in Photomatix 4.2 & CS6 for color, levels & sharpening. :)


Copyright © Prasad 2012

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