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Astronomical observatories are structures which house telescopes for observation of outer space.

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Ground-based astronomical observatories, located on the surface of Earth, are used to make observations in the radio and visible lights portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Most optical telescopes are housed within a dome or other similar structure in order to protect the delicate instruments from the elements. Telescope domes contain a slat or other opening in the roof that can be opened during observing and then closed when the telescope is not in use. In most cases, the entire upper portion of the telescope dome can be rotated in order to allow the instrument to observe different sections of the night sky. Radio telescopes usually do not have domes.

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