Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos


Location: La Palma, Spain

Owner: Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)


The Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM) belongs to Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain) and combine world-class facilities for night and solar time studies. Together with the Observatorio del Teide, it forms the European Northern Observatory (ENO), an excellent place to observe the Universe. 

It stands on the rim of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park (Canary Islands, Spain). The observations carried out at ORM for decades have confirmed this site as one of the best locations in the world for solar observations.

The ORM hosts two solar telescopes, the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) and the Dutch Open Telescope (DOT). For its outstanding characteristics, ORM has been designed as the final location to build the European Solar Telescope.

The observatory also hosts the Gran Telescopio Canarias, the largest optical-infrared telescope in the world with a 10.4m primary mirror, along with twenty other telescopes and instruments for various kinds of studies, including night-time observations, robotic observations, and high energy astrophysics. Important advances in the study of the Universe have been made with these telescopes, ranging from the detection of the most distant galaxy to confirmation of the existence of black holes and the accelerated expansion of the Universe.





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