The Sankt Andreasberg Observatory, also called Harz Observatory, is a project of the charitable society Sternwarte Sankt Andreasberg e. V., which translates into Sankt Andreasberg Observatory registered society. It was opened in August 2014 and is supposed to become the first completely barrier free Observatory in Germany. The society's expressive goal is to make the sky accessible to all people, weather they are disabled or not. Celestial observation, lectures and Workshops convey general astronomical knowledge to visitors.
The Sankt Andreasberg Observatory is located near the Rehberg on the premises of the Internationale Haus Sonnenberg, an international educational facility. It is one of the most elevated observatories in northern Germany. The air in an altitude of 710 metres is especially low on turbidity and since the Harz Nature Park is far away from big cities, there is far less light pollution there then in other parts of northern Germany. According to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Sankt Andreasberg is one of the six best locations for astronomy in Germany. In April 2011 the Sky Quality Meter measured 21,81 mag/arcsec².
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