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Yunnan Astronomical Observatory (YAO; Chinese: 云南天文台) an institution of Chinese Academy of Sciences sits on the Phoenix Hill in the east suburbs of Kunming, Yunnan, China. It is the only research observatory in the southwest of China. It is a state institution for astronomy research and public science education. There are 8 research groups and 2 observing stations in YAO.

Yunnan Astronomical Observatory
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OrganizationChinese Academy of Sciences Edit this on Wikidata
Observatory code 286 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationYunnan, People's Republic of China Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates25°02′N 102°47′E / 25.03°N 102.78°E / 25.03; 102.78Coordinates: 25°02′N 102°47′E / 25.03°N 102.78°E / 25.03; 102.78
Altitude2,014 m (6,608 ft) Edit this at Wikidata
Established1938 Edit this on Wikidata Edit this at Wikidata
TelescopesLijiang 2.4m Telescope
New Vacuum Solar Telescope
Yunnan 1m Telescope
Yunnan 40m Radio Telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Yunnan Astronomical Observatory is located in China
Yunnan Astronomical Observatory
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It was founded during the Japanese invasion of China by astronomers from the Beijing Astronomical Observatory and the Purple Mountain Observatory evacuated from their home towns.


  • Solar physics
  • Stellar physics
  • Stellar population
  • Extragalactic physics
  • AGN jets
  • Binary Population Synthesis
  • High-energy astrophysics
  • Astrodynamics & astrometry
  • Southern Observing Station


  • Lijiang 2.4 m telescope
  • Fuxian Lake 1 m solar tower
  • ynao 1 m telescope
  • 40 m radio telescope

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