Location of the Liverpool Telescope

The Liverpool Telescope is one of the largest robotic telescopes in the world. It was designed, built and is managed by astronomers at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU/ARI). A robotic telescope is designed to operate without the need for astronomers to be present on site. Each night the telescope automatically begins to observe the heavens using instructions sent to it during the day from the UK.

The Liverpool Telescope can be found on the Spanish island of La Palma, which is one of the Canary Islands off the north coast of Africa. The promise of good weather, dark nights and an extinct volcano, provide the perfect setting for a robotic telescope.

Island of La Palma
Location of the LT
Credit: NSO

Some facts about the telescope:

  • Observatory location: La Palma, Canary Isles
  • Height above sea level: 2,344 metres (7,690 feet)
  • Weight of the telescope: 24.0 metric tonnes
  • Mirror diameter: 2.0 metres
  • Coordinates:
    Latitude: 28° 45' 44.8" North;
    Longitude: 17° 52' 45.2" West