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The observatory has been running since 1987, and in its more than 30 years’ researchers have made 42 important discoveries: 35 small planets between Mars and Jupiter and 7 extrasolar planets revolving around other stars.

The observatory is in the mountains at an altitude of 1,500 metres on Colle Pannunzio where there is no light pollution and its room is equipped for school and educational visits. It is an important destination for ‘astrotourists’ from worldwide.