Lund Observatory

department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

Lund Observatory before 1940



Lund Observatory at Svanegatan. The picture is from its inauguration in 1867.


Professor Charliers 60th birthday, April 1st 1922. From left: N. Svantesson, K.O. Krantz, Brynolf Fänge, Axel Jönsson, Walter Gyllenberg, Charlier, Sven Wicksell, Henrik Block, Sigfrid Raab, Gunnar Malmquist, Axel Corlin, John Ohlsson. Charlier gathered a large number of apprentices, such that one talked about "lundaskolan" within astronomy, referring to the statistical methods for analysing the structure of the Solar System used by Charlier and his apprentics.


This picture, taken ca 1929, shows Frida Palmér standing by the meridian circle, which had been installed at Lund Observaotry in 1874. This meridian circle was used make 35 413 observations of 11 446 stars between the declination of 35 and 40 degrees between the years 1878-1882 and 1892-1895. These observatoins were a part of an international effort to map the night sky to high accuracy.


This refracting telescope was installed at Lund Observatory at its inauguration in 1867. It has a lens diameter of 24.5 cm and a focal length of 431 cm. The picture is from the 1930s.


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