Happy Birthday to Gran Telescopio Canarias

The huge Gran Telescopio Canarias  at sunset, Roque de los Muchachos observatory
Gran Telescopio Canarias at sunset

Gran Telescopio Canarias (Big Canarian Telescope) also known as GranTeCan or GTC was inaugurated on July 24th 2009. It’s the largest optical an infrared telescope in the world, with a segmented main mirror 10.4 m acros which gathers as much light as four million human eyes. The top of the dome is 41 m above the ground.

GTC is owned 5% by the university of Mexico, 5% by the university of Florida, and 90% by Spain. It’s not jsut the Spanish national football team that’s seriously good.

You can visit GTC for free if you sign up in advance at the website of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias<

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