(EURI 2024) Journey to promote Records in Europe – P65 – The Sphinx Observatory (Switzerland): Europe’s Highest Observatory


(WorldKings.org) The Sphinx Observatory is an iconic high-altitude research facility located near the summit of the Jungfraujoch in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland.

The Sphinx Observatory is situated at an altitude of 3,571 meters (11,716 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest observatories in the world. It is perched on a rocky outcrop near the Jungfraujoch railway station, which is accessible via the Jungfrau Railway.

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The observatory was established in 1937 by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) to conduct scientific research in various fields, including atmospheric physics, astronomy, and glaciology. The primary purpose of the Sphinx Observatory is to conduct scientific research. Its high-altitude location above much of the Earth's atmosphere provides astronomers with clearer views of celestial objects and enables studies of cosmic rays, solar radiation, and atmospheric conditions.

The observatory features state-of-the-art research instruments and facilities, including telescopes, weather stations, radiation sensors, and laboratories. Researchers from around the world come to the Sphinx Observatory to conduct experiments and gather data in their respective fields.

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In addition to its scientific mission, the Sphinx Observatory is a popular tourist destination. Visitors can reach the observatory via the Jungfrau Railway, which offers panoramic views of the Swiss Alps during the ascent. At the observatory, tourists can enjoy breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and valleys. There are also educational exhibits and displays about the research conducted at the observatory.

While the observatory is primarily accessed by the Jungfrau Railway, reaching the Jungfraujoch involves a series of train rides from the towns of Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. Visitors can purchase tickets for the railway journey, which includes access to the observatory and other attractions at the Jungfraujoch.

Overall, the Sphinx Observatory serves as a hub for scientific exploration and a must-visit destination for tourists seeking stunning views and insights into high-altitude research in the Swiss Alps.

According to the Internet 

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