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History of the Society

A group of students at the Belgrade University back at the 1934 decided to form an Astronomical Society focused on amateur observations and astronomy popularization. Before the World War II, the Society published magazine "Saturn", organized popular lectures and few observation trips. Thanks to the Society`s efforts, the translation of the book "Atom and Stars" by Sir Artur Edington was published. All activities in Society were banned by Germans during the siege in 1941.

Society continued it`s work in 1953 as the Astronomical Society "Rudjer Boskovic" and has begun to publish magazine "Vasiona". Publication of books was also one of the Society's main activity: Rudjer Boskovic`s "Eclipses of the Sun and the Moon" (translated and commented by Nenad Jankovica) was published.

In 1964 Society has establihed the Public Observatory located in the Dizdar`s tower in Kalemegdan. At the terace of Observatory a Zeiss refracting telescope (110/200) is placed. Society also gets a planetarium ZKP 2 in 1970 with diametar of 8 m and 80 seats. Planetarium is mainly visited by the students of primary and high schools

During the 60s, 70s and 80s amateur astronomical observations of the Sun, occultaions, binary and variable stars and planetary phenomena were regular. To much light pollution around the Observatory in the last 5-10 years has limited Society`s activities mainly on theoretical works and application of computers in astronomy. Every year Society organizes few courses for the popularization of astronomy, like: the Astronomy Course for beginners held two times annually, Belgrade Astronomy Weekend (BAW) in June which consists of several lectures on different topics and Summer Astronomical Gatherings in August and September with several lectures on similar topic. All courses are held in the Society`s Planetarium.

As a special issue of "Vasiona" a CERN`s report by Tullio Regge on General theory of relativity was published in 1985.

Today Society has around 700 members.