YEREVAN, October 3. /ARKA/. Modernization of Armenia’s Byurakan Observatory will cost $50 million every year, Areg Mikayelyan, vice-president of the Armenian Astronomic Society, said Thursday at a news conference.
“With this amount we will afford at least to keep our telescope in a proper state and periodically provide the observatory with modern equipment,” he said.
In his words, after the observatory was recognized a national treasure this year, AMD 100 million was allocated for these purposes, but this amount is enough only for partial restoration of the mirror of the big telescope (diameter is 2.6 meters).
At the same time, Mikayelyan stressed that periodical, not one-time financing is needed to keep the observatory at a proper level.
The Byurakan Observatory was established in 1946. In 1998, the observatory was named for prominent astrophysicist Viktor Hambardzumyan, its founder and first director. The observatory studies non-stationary phenomena at starts and galaxies. ($1- 405.40). ----0----