Abastumani (Region of Samtskhe-Javakheti)
Abastumani climate- balneological resort is unique for its microclimate, crystal air and beautiful landscape. It located in south Georgia, 1250-1450m high from sea level and it is rich with mixture forests and thermal waters. Abastumani is considered as a moderately dry resort.
Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory was founded by the Academician Eugene Kharadze in 1932 on Mount Kanobili, as the first mountaineous observatory in Soviet Union. Mount Kanobili has unique atmospheric conditions for astronomical obsevatons. The altitude of Mt. Kanobili is 1650 to 1770m. above sea level. It is one of the best observatories among the same altitude with its observational conditions. At present in the abastumani Astrophysical Observatory observational and theoretical research is carried out in many areas of astronomy and aeronomy: the Sun and solar system, binaru and variable stars, star clusters, extragalactic objects, the Earth’s atmosphere, solar terrestrial relationships.