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  • The Wise Observatory is a professional astronomical research facility owned and operated by Tel-Aviv University. The observatory is located in the Negev desert, near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, about 200 km south of Tel-Aviv. It hosts the main 1-m diameter telescope, a number of smaller automated telescopes, as well as instrumentation for geological and atmospherical research. For over 40 years, Wise Observatory has been steadily outputting cutting-edge astronomical research, much of it taking advantage of the clear desert skies and the favorable geographic longitude. These allow tracking transient and time-variable phenomena when it is daytime at most other observatories on earth.

    News/Announcements
    Recent All Years (1999-2014)



    Jun/2014
    The Jay Baum Rich Telescope:
    a new observing facility at the Wise Observatory



    Feb/2014
    Cosmic heating by the first black holes
    | Space.com (English) | HaAretz (Hebrew)


    Dec/2013
    Enigmatic "fast radio bursts" may come from nearby stars
    1 | 2 | 3 | 4


    Jul/2013
    International team discovers a much larger hydrogen ring
    around the most perfect ring galaxy


    Apr/2013
    Using Black Holes to Measure the
    Universe's Rate of Expansion



    Feb/2013
    TAU/Harvard astronomers:
    Future Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life
    Might Come from Dying Stars

    | Sky&Telescope | NASA | Time Magazine |