Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) was founded in 1946 on the initiative of academician Victor Ambartsumian, who became the first director of the observatory. It is located on the picturesque southern slope of the mountain Aragats. At the observatory there are five observational instruments installed, the larger ones being 2.6 m Cassegrain telescope and 1m Schmidt telescope. Scientific researches of the observatory are related mainly with the instability phenomena taking place in the Universe.
Since 1946 numerous scientific meetings have been held in Byurakan including four symposia and a colloquium of the IAU.
The architectural ensemble of the observatory comprises the administrative buildings and telescope towers. Buildings constructed during 1940-1950’s were designed by the famous Armenian architect Samvel Safarian, while the ones constructed during 1960-1980’s by Sargis Gurzadian.
Besides the scientific research the observatory fulfils an informative activity by organizing excursions and lectures for amateurs.
Since 1998 the Byurakan Observatory bears the name of V. A. Ambartsumian.
|The FIRST BYURAKAN SURVEY as UNESCO HERITAGE
One of the UNESCO “Memory of the World” documentary heritage items, Markarian survey (the First Byurakan Survey, FBS), has been created in the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) and is the only scientific heritage UNESCO item in Armenia and one of the rare scientific heritage UNESCO items in the world.
14-18 September 2020 - Astronomical Surveys and Big Data 2
7-12 September 2020 - 7th Byurakan International Summer School (7BISS) for Young Astronomers
2-6 September 2019 - Regional Summer School on Space Sciences and Technologies
9-10 September 2019 - International Conference “Active Galaxies and Quasars” dedicated to M. A. Arakelian’s 90th anniversary
11-13 September 2019 - IAU SWCA 3rd Regional Astronomical Workshop