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Research, Teaching and Public Observing

Part of the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Observatory has a rich history of pivotal research and currently serves as a laboratory for a variety of student experiences. It has always supported public viewing with the telescopes and with other scientific experiences. 

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The Building

Built between 1900 and 1912 this neoclassical building was added to the National Register of Historic Places for significant contributions to astrometry. The three domes house the Thaw Memorial Refractor, the Keeler Telescope and the Fitz/Clark Refractor. All three are used for student projects and the Fitz/Clark Refractor is open to the public as part of the public and tour group program. The building is not open except through scheduled programming. 

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