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Les Observatoires astronomiques en Italie

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An 1863 Report by Otto Wilhelm Struve

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In the autumn of 1863 Otto Wilhelm Struve, director of the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, visited most of the observatories in Italy. The report that he wrote on this occasion provides an overview on the conditions of astronomical research in Italy just after the unification of the country. Later Struve sent a French translation of his report to the Italian astronomer Giovan Battista Donati, who used it to promote the construction of the Arcetri Observatory in Florence, which was inaugurated in 1872. We present here a transcription of the French translation of Struve’s report and the transcription of a letter written by him in support of Donati’s project.

Affiliations: 1: INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Italy ; 2: INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Italy


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