Astronomer on the Swedish Solar Telescope

Astronomer on the Swedish Solar Telescope

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Caption: Swedish Solar Telescope. Astronomer stands by the turret of the Swedish Solar Telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory on La Palma in the Canary Islands. The turret of this 0. 5 metre instrument is at the top of a tower which is 16 metres tall. Telescopes are located in tall buildings so that they are above the heat haze which lies near the ground. The Roque de los Muchachos observatory is an ideal site for telescopes because its high altitude (about 2300 metres), and the clear air above it, minimise atmospheric distortions to incoming light. This telescope is operated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA).

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Keywords: astronomy, astrophysics, kva, la palma, la palma observatory, roque de los muchachos, royal swedish academy, sciences, solar astronomy, solar telescope, swedish, swedish tower telescope

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