Tartu Observatory

Member since: 2014


Tartu Observatory is a public research and development authority, administered by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research operating under the Research and Development Act, other laws and international contracts.

Tartu Observatory is a successor of the Tartu University Observatory, founded in 1808, and the Estonian Meteorological Observatory, founded in 1865. Tartu Observatory is also a successor of the Institute of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics, established by the Act of the council of Ministers of the Estonian SSRnr 374 on Aug 22, 1973.

The principal area of activity of Tartu Observatory is the research and experimental development on natural sciences to promote science in the fields of astronomy, remote sensing and space technology, provide research-based services in these areas, be a reliable partner in the international networks, train young scientists and extend the natural-scientific worldview. Here meet the high competence of internationally recognized senior researchers with splendid enthusiasm of young scientists to find solutions for new challenging research questions.

Tartu Observatory has been a recognized partner in an international research and technology development.

Through our excellent scientific competence we promote education, support entrepreneurship, and raise awareness of scientific worldview in order to contribute to solving of the challenges faced by society. As a space research centre we realize an excellence in the space science in the interests of the development of Estonia.


Observatooriumi 1
Phone: +372696 2510
Fax: +372696 2555