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In my reportage from La Palma I have showed you so far six images, each presenting a very different aspect of the island. Today a new subject again.

La Palma is a great place for star gazing. There are numerous night tours which take you to the top of the island to admire the sky as you have never seen it before. The professional astronomers also select La Palma as a location for their telescopes. I paste below a fragment from Wikipedia with some information on it:

The seeing statistics at Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos make it the second-best location for optical and infrared astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere, after Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii. The site also has some of the most extensive astronomical facilities in the Northern Hemisphere; its fleet of telescopes includes the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world's largest single-aperture optical telescope as of July 2009, the William Herschel Telescope (second largest in Europe), and the adaptive optics corrected 1-m Solar Telescope, which provides the highest resolution solar imaging of any telescope.

In this photo you see just few from numerous, sometimes very strangely shaped, telescopes on La Palma.

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