About Bosscha

Teleskop Zeiss. Credit: Muhammad Yusuf

Zeiss Telescope. Credit: Muhammad Yusuf

Bosscha Observatory is a research institute under Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). Until today, Bosscha Observatory is the only big observatory in Indonesia. Along with Astronomy Research Group in ITB, it holds a strategic role as the central of Astronomy research and education in Indonesia. Built in 1923, Bosscha Observatory is the oldest Astronomy research institute in South East Asia.

Along with Astronomy Research Group in ITB, it holds a strategic role as the central of Astronomy research and education in Indonesia.

In addition to research, Bosscha also provides services for public in the form of regular, such as public visit, and occasional program which is held incidentally when interesting Astronomical events occur. Prospective and interested students or researchers from various places are welcomed to study in Bosscha Observatory. Many have come to carry out astronomical observation, astrophysical data analysis, to study instrumentation, etc. Bosscha Observatory also welcomes those who want to study relevant non-astronomical topics, such as its history, architecture, and environment.

Since 2004, Bosscha Observatory has been assigned as Heritage Object by the government. Its existence is preserved by the law under “UU Nomor 2/1992 Tentang Benda Cagar Budaya” (about Heritage Object). In 2008, it obtained a status of National Vital Object which needed to be kept safe.