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Chennai Observatory

The Chennai Observatory (Madras Observatory) was established in 1792 at Chennai by Sir Charles, the then-Governor of Madras. A 15-foot tall granite pillar weighing 10 tons is named after the architect, Michael Topping, and has inscriptions in Tamil and Telugu languages. The first astronomer here was J Goldingham, who began recording meteorological observations in 1796. Now the five monuments of the Chennai Observatory are kept in a separate enclosure for visitors at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Nungambakkam.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Chennai
Location: Chennai    


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