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The Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy in Bucharest

The dome of the large refractor where numerous observations of the solar system objects were made.

Credit: JEA

Founded in 1908 by Nicolae Coculescu who were the first director, the building of the Bucharest Observatory was followed by the one of the other romanian observatories. On April 1, 1990, the largest romanian observatories (Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara) became one institute, the "Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy".

Astronomy is present in Romania since the XVth century. At that time astronomical activities started at Oradea in Transylvania before the building of his astronomical observatory by Tycho-Brahe in Denmark.