Pulkovo Observatory Brooch
Founded over a century and a half ago, the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory near Saint Petersburg, Russia, was established by decree of Emperor Nicholas I. Within its first decade, due to the precision of the instruments as well as the distinguished and exacting work of the Pulkovo astronomers, the observatory acquired the highest of reputations in the world scientific community and by the mid-1840's came to be regarded as the "astronomical capital of the world". Unhappily, however, over the course of the twentieth century, the extraordinary achievements of Pulkovo Observatory were too often eclipsed by the ordeals that the observatory and its observers have endured. Today, the future of the Observatory remains unclear.
The trials and tribulations of the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory are the subject of two films from the Museum's Chain of Flowers film series, Obshee Delo (The Common Task), and Bol’shoe Sovietskaia Zatmenie (The Great Soviet Eclipse).
Each handcrafted, sterling silver brooch measures approximately 1-inch wide. Under the clear, cabochon dome lies a sepia photograph of the historic observatory.
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