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noun [C] uk   /əbˈzɜː.və.tər.i/  us   /-ˈzɝː.və.tɔːr.i/
a building from which scientists can watch the planets, the stars, the weather, etc.
Translations of “observatory”
in Chinese (Traditional) 天文臺, 氣象台…
in Russian обсерватория…
in Turkish gözlemevi, rasathane…
in Chinese (Simplified) 天文台, 气象台…
in Polish obserwatorium…
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