The beginning of higher university-like education in Serbia can be traced down to 1838, when the "Licej" was founded in Kragujevac. The "Licej" was separated from the "Gimnazija" in 1839 and transferred to Belgrade in 1841. Judging by the content of the textbooks, elements of astronomy were lectured at the "Licej". The traces of "physical" astronomy in its curricula can be found in the academic year 1854/55. The law of 1863, regulating the transformation of the "Licej" into the Grand School (a forerunner of the University), did not include teaching astronomy...


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Bojan Arbutina Bojan Arbutina Dragana Ilić Dragana Ilić Bojan Novaković Bojan Novaković Dušan Onić Dušan Onić Dušan Marčeta Dušan Marčeta Dejan Urošević Dejan Urošević Trajko Angelov Trajko Angelov Anđelka Kovačević Anđelka Kovačević Olga Atanacković Olga Atanacković Nadežda Pejović Nadežda Pejović Above, to the right: Trajko Angelov, Dušan Marčeta, Dejan Urošević, Anđelka Kovačević, Dragana Ilić, Olga Atanacković, Nadežda Pejović and Dušan Onić. Below: Bojan Arbutina and Bojan Novaković. Absent: Mike Kuzmanoski and Stevo Šegan. Photography taken on the occasion of 100th staff meeting of the Department of Astronomy on September 10, 2010.

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Lasers in the sky - Atacama desert, Chile. From applications in fields of manufacturing to medicine to the military, lasers are all around us. While there are many different types of lasers, there are some commonalities among them. All lasers are based on controlling the way that energized atoms release photons, or packets of light. Lasers emit light coherently allowing it to be focused to a tight spot up close or over long distances. This image shows one innovative use of lasers. By beaming a laser into the sky, astronomers can measure and then compensate for the blurring effects of the Earth's atmosphere, allowing for clearer images of distant cosmic objects.
Credit: ESO / B. Tafreshi.

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Serbian Astronomical Journal is published semiannually (in June and December) by the Astronomical Observatory Belgrade and Department of Astronomy, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade. The journal is the successor of the Bulletin Astronomique de Belgrade (1992–1998) founded by merging of the Bulletin de l'Observatoire Astronomique de Belgrade (1936–1991) and Publications of the Department of Astronomy (1969–1990). Under the present title it has been published since 1998.




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