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Observatory to Rise in Iceland’s Krýsuvík

The town council of Hafnarfjördur has provided a lot to the Seltjarnarnes Observatory Association to construct an observatory in the geothermal area of Krýsuvík on the Reykjanes peninsula.

The association plans to construct a 1,650 square-meter building with a 13-meter high domed tower in Krýsuvík, which offers prime conditions for stellar observation. The cost of the project is estimated at up to ISK 30 million (USD 256,000, EUR 196,000), Morgunbladid reports.

The association’s current observation facilities in Seltjarnarnes, a Reykjavík suburb, are no longer suitable because of light pollution, according to Grétar Örn Ómarsson, the association’s secretary.

The Seltjarnarnes Observatory Association is the only association of its kind in Iceland, counting 200 members. The association organizes courses on a regular basis and expects their project in Krýsuvík to increase interest in stellar observation in Iceland.

Next year is the international year of astronomy.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow of hot spring area Seltún in Krýsuvík.

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