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An observatory , from the Latin observare , "to observe" is a place for observing physical and other scientific phenomena.

Probably the best known type of observatory is the observatory for observing celestial bodies phenomena in the range of visible light . Special astronomical observatories observe cosmic phenomena of other wavelengths, e.g. B. Space telescopes for the ranges of infrared , UV and X-rays as well as radio telescopes in the long-wave range .

Also meteorological stations belong to the observatories.

Seismic observatories are used to observe earthquakes , other stations in the field of geophysics, for example, for measuring geomagnetism , sea tides and tides .

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