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 first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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