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[edit] Observatories

[edit] The Baikal Astrophysical Observatory (BAO)

The Baikal Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) is located in the outskirts of the settlement of Listvyanka on the south shore of Lake Baikal, 70 km far from Irkutsk.

BAO is noted for its remarkable astroclimatic regime due to an antihunt action of big water area and local anticyclon upon air environment. General Purposes: Observations of a thin structure of active solar formations;

Registration of solar flares and other non-stationary phenomena in solar atmosphere. More..

[edit] The Sayan Solar Observatory

Located near the Settlement of Mondy (Buryatia), 320 km from Irkutsk in mountains at the 2000-m altitude, the Sayan Solar Observatory is among the facilities known worldwide (Obs. Code C48). The Observatory site survey was caused by the Mission specifics demanding a high transparence of the Earth atmosphere for polarization measurements and observations of the solar corona. More..

[edit] The Radio-Astrophysical Observatory

The Radio-Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) is in the Tunka Valley that separates two ranges of the East Sayan, 220 km from Irkutsk (51°45′33″ N, 102°13′08″ E). The Observatory site survey ( was determined by minimizing technogenous noise. At the moment, the main instruments are a radioheliograph and a suite of integral flux spectro-polarimeters. The RAO staff equals about 40, the operation time being 00–10 UT. More..

[edit] Integrated Magnetic-Ionospheric Observatory

General Purposes:

An origin and diagnostics of geoeffective formations in a solar wind; Modelling of magnetospheric disturbances; Electromagnetic waves in the magnetosphere.

A magnetic observatory was established at Irkutsk in 1886 by the Department of National Education. More..

[edit] Norilsk Integrated Magnetic-Ionospheric Station

Data base of Norilsk Neutron Monitor Database contents of Norilsk neutron monitor data starting from 1971 (18NM64): up from January 1971-1981 and from 2000.

The interval of accumulation: hourly from 1971; 1-minute since August 2000.

Database updating goes in real time. An interactive access is possible to this database and FTP as well. More..

[edit] Geophysical Observatory

Is located in Tory, 150 km away from Irkutsk. The major task is monitoring structure and dynamics of the upper and middle atmosphere by passive radiophysical and optical methods. More..

[edit] Atmosphere Radio Diagnostics Observatory

Observatory is located in the Irkutsk region, 125 km away from Irkutsk. The Irkutsk Radar of Incoherent Scatter (IRIS) that was created on the base of the radar installation “Dnepr” received within the conversion programme of the Soviet Armed Forces. The IISR has a whole set of process equipment, buildings and communication systems and represents a complicated technical complex. Modernization of the system of control, registration and signal processing permits efficient usage of the radar for research into the upper atmosphere with the incoherent scatter technique. Transmitting complex of the LFM ionosonde of the ionosphere vertical, oblique and oblique back scatter sounding within the frequency range of 1-30 MHz. This complex is the main component of the ISTP SB RAS multiposition LFM ionosonde with remote transmitters in Magadan and Norilsk and a receiver in Tory (the Buryat republic). More..

[edit] General Information

Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics was founded in 1960 on the basis of the Siberia's oldest geomagnetic observatory formed in 1886. Today it's a big scientific institute. Director - Corresponding member of RAS A.V. Medvedev. Total staff: 507, including 140 researchers, 36 Doctors of Science, 76 Candidates of Science. More..

[edit] Major research areas

According to the Charter of the Institute, the main fields of research are fundamental, exploratory and applied research studies in the following main research areas: solar physics. near-Earth space physics, problems of asteroid and comet impact hazards and space ecology, analysis and forecast of state of the Earth's climate system.

Space weather monitoring and forecast in an effort to solve a number of applied problems;

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[edit] 15:52, 3 May 2023: 14th-Russian-Mongolian-Workshop 2023 First Announcement


The Institute of the Earth’s Crust of the Siberian Branch RAS, in cooperation with the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the Siberian Branch RAS, Siberian Branch RAS and Mongolia Research Center for Astronomy and Geophysics will hold the XIV Russian-Mongolian International Conference on Astronomy and Geophysics in Irkutsk on September 15–20, 2023.


[edit] 14:00, 29 August 2018: ISW2018

[edit] The International Workshop
“Eruptive energy release processes on the Sun and stars: origins and effects”

[edit] The workshop will be held in Irkutsk, Russia, from 10 to 12 October 2018. The workshop venue is the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics SB RAS, Irkutsk, Russia (


[edit] 14:40, 12 September 2017: The Russian-British Seminar of Young Scientists "Dynamical plasma processes in the heliosphere: from the Sun to the Earth"

The Russian-British Seminar of Young Scientists "Dynamical plasma processes in the heliosphere: from the Sun to the Earth" will be held by the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics SB RAS on 18-21 September. The seminar is aimed at initiating new international and interdisciplinary projects on solar and space physics and geophysics. The venue of the seminar is the I.I. Molchanov-Sibirsky Irkutsk State Universal Scientific Library (253 Lermontov st., Irkutsk).
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