Observatories

La Palma, Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are located off the west coast of Africa. Although most of the islands are holiday destinations, the island of La Palma is special. A huge extinct volcano rises 2,400 metres (nearly 8,000 feet) above the Atlantic ocean, providing one of the finest sites in the world to look up at the heavens with powerful modern telescopes.


Observatories

Observatory on La Palma
Credit: ING
 

An astronomical observatory is a location used for observing events that happen in space. Whilst an observatory can consist of just one telescope, some of the better locations in the world can have more than twenty telescopes.