New World’s Largest Optical Telescope

Back in mid-July the new Gran Telescopio Canarias (Grand Canairies Telescope) was formally inaugurated by King Juan Carlos I of Spain at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands of Spain. You can see an excellent representation of the location, and 3D model of the observatory dome, in Google Earth here :

Gran Telescopip Canarias (Grand Canairies Telescope) - in Google Earth

If this gets you excited about astronomy, you should check out the Sky mode in Google Earth. Check out the GEB archive of many stories about Sky.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



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