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Type Building
Description Provides Astronomical Information
Placement Requirement Can't build on aliens' claims.
Can't build in aliens' jurisdiction.
Structural Requirements
Arena Ok
Auditorium Ok
Battery Ok
Commodity Storage Ok
Field Area Ok
Generator No
Guard Post No
Home, Large Ok
Home, Medium Ok
Home, Small Ok
Livestock Ok
Lounge Space Ok
Office Space 1 Office Required
Parking, Ground Vehicles Ok
Parking, Space Vehicles Ok
Parking, Water Vehicles Ok
Parking, Spacecraft No
Radar No
Shield Generator No
Shop Space Ok
Space Vehicle Launchers No
Space Vehicle Recovery Systems No
Store Space Ok
Surgery Units No
Transporters No
Turrets No
Weapon Bays No

Observatories are used to gain information about the current solar system, eg. what sort of planets and moon it has. Essentially, it's a navigator station stuck onto a planet.

A semi-cheat method without an observatory:

  1. Open the Communication (F3) window
  2. On (almost) any channel, click Spacecraft Mission Order
  3. Select the order Orbit Planet or Star
  4. Look at the list of possible plants in the solar system
  5. The Info column clearly state what orbital zone each planet is in

System Survey

Once a city has both an observatory and an airport radar, an automatic system survey is completed of the city's solar system.

See the System Survey page for more information.