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Observatories > Torino Observatory


The telescope in Pino Torinese participating to the observation of the asteroids.

Founded in 1759 by the king of Savoie who asked Giovanni Battista Beccaria to determinate the local meridian, the Torino Observatory was transferred to its present site at Pino Torinese in 1912. The Service International des Latitudes had its central bureau at the observatory from 1949.

The first researches made at the Torino Observatory were related to celestial mechanics thanks to Joseph Louis Lagrange who founded the "académie des sciences de Turin". Classical astrometry, geodesy and planetology were the main fields of research during the XXth century.