stargazing at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory

Visit the largest astrophysical observatory in Azerbaijan. Established in the Soviet era, it was used to study the stars and secrets of the universe.

stargazing atShamakhi Astrophysical Observatory

stargazing atShamakhi Astrophysical Observatory

Located 22 kilometres north of Shamakhi’s city centre along a scenic road leading into the Caucasus Mountains, the settlement of Pirqulu is home to the largest astrophysical observatory in the Caucasus. Named after 13th-century astronomer Nasreddin Tusi, the observatory was established in the Soviet era when it was used to great effect to study the stars and secrets of the universe. While it continues to be at the forefront of Azerbaijani astrophysics today, there are also facilities for visitors: you can browse a small museum, admire the largest telescope in the region and even do some stargazing if visiting after dark. 

stargazing at | Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory
USEFUL INFORMATION

weather and season

Air temperature

Current:
-4°C
Average:
-4 – 3°C / 24.8–37.4°F

Feel temperature

Current:
-8.1°C
Average:
-8.1 – -2°C / 17.4–28.4°F

Wind

Current:
  • A little morning snow, 0-1 cm
  • NNW
  • speed 20.4 km/h

When to go

  • Peak Season:
  • Summer

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