Félix Aguilar Observatory Panorama, Argentina

Félix Aguilar Observatory (Spanish: Observatorio Astronómico Félix Aguilar; OAFA; Spanish pronunciation: [oβseɾβaˈtoɾjo astɾoˈnomiko ˈfeːlɪks aɣiˈlaɾ] is an astronomical observatory. It was established in 1953, in San Juan Province, Argentina. In 1974, it was renamed to Carlos Ulrrico Cesco Astronomical Station (Spanish: Estación Astronómica Carlos Ulrrico Cesco; EACUC; Spanish pronunciation: [es.taˈθjon astɾoˈnomiko ˈkaɾ.los ulˈriko ˈθesko])

Its primary observing facility is located El Leoncito National Park in the west of San Juan Province. Also located in El Leoncito Park is the Leoncito Astronomical Complex. The observatory is operated by the School of Physical and Natural Sciences at National University of San Juan in San Juan, Argentina. The original OAFA observatory buildings are located at the west end of the city.

OAFA is named after Félix Aguilar (1884–1943), an Argentine astronomer and engineer who was director of the La Plata Astronomical Observatory from 1919 to 1921, and again from 1934 until his death. EACUC was renamed after Carlos Ulrrico Cesco on the 25th anniversary of the beginning of observations in honour of his contributions to the founding and operation of the observatory.

The main-belt asteroid 3083 OAFA, was named after the discovering Felix Aguilar Observatory. The official naming citation was published on 21 November 1991 (M.P.C. 19333).


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