We often marvel at the amazing deep-space images that observatories beam back to Earth - but those observatories are almost as gorgeous in their own right. looking like spaceships or temples. Here's a luscious gallery.
The telescopes in this gallery include Jantar Mantar, a famous observatory built in 1724 in India. But there's also the European Southern Observatory's mega-telescope in Chile (pictured above), and a huge South African observatory. Possibly the most glamorous, though, is the Griffith Observatory, which is always getting gussied up for some formal event and has a whole sassy museum thing going on.