History

15.04.1977
Constitution of the Foundation
28.01.1978
Exhibition "Fascinating Universe" at the Natural History Museum in Fribourg in collaboration with the Foundation Robert-A. Naef
16.05.1978
The canton of Fribourg declares the Foundation to be of "Public Value"
Since 1979
Fund raising. A patronage committee is set up. A detailed brochure is printed and published. Search for an appropriate site
15.12.1981
Decision by the Commune of Ependes to cede 1000 m2 of land
1982
Planning and estimates for the construction. Creation of a construction committee. Nomination of an architect
05.04.1983
Ground breaking begins
19.05.1984
Inauguration of the Observatory. Local inhabitants participate along with the authorities, the committee and the Swiss astronomical Society. Creation of an Association of Friends of the Observatory
17.05.1988
Contract signed between the Fondation Robert-A. Naef and the open University of the Canton of Fribourg for the management of the Observatory
11.11.1988
The Observatory is once again opened to the public. Plans for the enlargement of the current site
Summer 1990
Upgrading of the planetary walk from Marly to Épendes
Summer 1991
Beginning of work on the enlargement programme: viewing terrace with moveable roof, planetarium
1992
Publication of colour brochure
22.05.1992
Official inauguration of new facilities of the Observatory
1993
Planification of coelostat (observation of the Sun)
20.03.1994
Inauguration of coelostat during the constitutive assembly of the new Association of Friends of the Observatory.
1998
Opening of website of the Observatory
2001
Complete upgrading of the website. Planification for a replacement of the C14
2003
Signature of a convention between the Association and the Pedagogical High School (HEP) to ensure the training of teachers in the field of astronomy and access of school classes to the Observatory
22.05.2004
20th anniversary of the Observatory : inauguration of the new Keller telescope. Popular fair. Media : newspapers, Radio-Fribourg, Swiss-french television TSR