The Tel Aviv University Observatory is expected to be completed by November. Anticipated research, using primarily a 40‐inch wide‐field Ritchey‐Chretien reflecting telescope, includes infrared observations of star formation, and studies of young clusters and stars known to be losing mass. Israel's first astronomical observatory is supported equally by Tel Aviv University and the Israeli government, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Friends of Tel Aviv University. The Observatory director is Uri Feldman. Staff members of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory will conduct joint research with Israeli astronomers.

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