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Lund Observatory 1940-1980

Astronomers having dinner
From left: Frida Palmér, Per Collinder, Sture Bohlin, Knut Lundmark, Walter Gyllenberg, John Ohlsson, Carl-Gustav Danver, Anders Reiz, Katherine Gordon, Theodor Wåhlin, Wilhelm Norlind, Peter Raquette. Picture taken 1940.

This picture is taken in the lecture theatre of the old observatory in the fall of 1940 (the planetarium would be housed here from 1978-2000).

Astronomers working at their desks
Inside "räknehuset" (the house of calculations), which was built in 1912. This is the southern room upstairs, which also was used as a library in the 1940s.
Astronomers working inside räknehuset
Inside "räknehuset" (the house of calculations), which was built in 1912. Most of the downstairs floor was taken up by "räknebyrån" (the office of calculations).
People sitting next to a painting
Presenting the Milky Way panorama for the press. From left: Tatjana Kesküla, Martin Kesküla, Knut Lundmark.

This picture was published in Kvällsposten (local news paper) on March 6th, 1955 under the headline "Jättearbete med stjärnpanorama slutfört vid lundaobservatoriet". Left of the Milky Way Panorama we see Tatjana and Martin Kesküla, who painted the panorama and on the right we have Knut Lundmark who commissioned it.

Picture from inside the planetarium
The planetarium was placed in the old observatory building in 1978. A soft dome (not visible) was lowered over the visitors at the beginning of every show.

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