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Observatories were pioneering installations in the emergence of early modern natural science and its epistemologies, ideals, and practices. During the early modern period, an observatory was understood in a broader sense as a place for the observation of celestial or terrestrial phenomena, and in a stricter sense usually as a building equipped with scientific instruments for the regular and continuous observation of celestial phenomena (synonyms including Latin specula /“lookout”; tu…

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Mommertz, Monika, “Observatory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024911>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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