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European Journal

Spain: A Home from Home for Star-Gazers (Series: Europe by Night)

Among the many attractions to behold on La Palma is the island’s observatory. It’s the most popular site in Europe among amateur astronomers.

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Astronomy tourism is such a big deal on the island that the authorities have even passed special regulations for street lighting and other pollutants of the air; excessive light levels render the stars invisible. Four years ago the world’s largest optical telescope was inaugurated on the highest mountain of La Palmas – guaranteeing outstanding views of outer space.