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The astronomical observatory of Georgetown University was founded in 1844. The first telescopes were a transit by Ertel, a meridian circle by Simms and a telescope with equatorial mounting of 12 cm aperture by Troughton and Simms. In 1888 Hagen became Director and in 1891 installed a larger telescope of 30.5 cm aperture by Fauth in a new dome and a new building was built. Hagen worked mainly on the observation of variable stars. In 1893 Fargis, Algué, Hedrick and Rigge worked on the new field of photographic star observation. In 1909 Tondorf installed the seismological station which became part of the JSS and later of the JSA. The station was enlarged in 1912 and 1925 with new instruments. In 1962 a WWSSN station was installed. The sections of seismology and astronomy functioned with certain independence. In 1947 Heyden established a graduate program in astronomy and research projects in solar spectrography and radio astronomy. The observatory was closed in 1972.

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Meridian Circle Seismographic Station Seismological Observatory Large Dome Short Period Seismograph 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Augustín Udías
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  1. 1.Department of Geophysics and MeteorologyUniversidad ComplutenseMadridSpain

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