::Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca


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The Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca (OAM) () is an observatory just south of Costitx, Mallorca, Spain.<ref name="20minutos">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

The observatory was inaugurated in May 1991 and was the first astronomical center in the Balearic Islands autonomous community and province of Spain.<ref name="oam">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The observatory is a pioneer among Spanish observatories and uses robotic telescopes (four of them located at La Sagra<ref name="Obse2 DA">Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra</ref><ref name="Obse1 DA">Observatorio de La Sagra</ref> in Andalucia) to discover and track asteroids.<ref name="mallorcadiario">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Researchers at the OAM have found asteroids that are potential threats to Earth, such as the 2006 WH1.<ref name="mallorcadiario"/> Salvador Sánchez is director of the OAM.<ref name="20minutos"/> In 2008, asteroid number 128036, discovered at the OAM in 2003, was named after Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal.<ref name="larazon">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="elmundo">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> As of 2008, the OAM tracks more than 2,000 asteroids.<ref name="terraes">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

There is a large planetarium attached to the observatory, which often runs performances open to the public. The Open University is one of a number of academic institutions which runs summer schools at the observatory.[1]

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