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Calar Alto Observatory

The German-Spanish Astronomical Center at Calar Alto is located in the Sierra de Los Filabres (Andalucía, Southern Spain) north of Almeria. It is operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC) in Granada/Spain.




 

Photo: The Calar Alto Observatory–Almeria

Calar Alto is a leg of Around the World in 80 Telescopes tour:


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Next stop: IRAM (previous stop: Haute-Provence)

The Calar Alto Observatory provides three telescopes with apertures of 1.23m, 2.2m and 3.5m to the general community.

A 1.5m-telescope, also located on the mountain, is operated under the control of the Observatory of Madrid.

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Calar Alto Observatory (German-Spanish Astronomical Center at Calar Alto) - Overview Last Updated on 2009-08-29 00:00:00 The Calar Alto Observatory (Centro Astronómico Hispano-Alemán or Deutsch-Spanisches Astronomisches Zentrum, respectively "German-Spanish Astronomical Centre" and "Spanish-German Astronomical Centre") is an astronomical observatory owned and operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia) in Granada, Spain. It is located in Almería province in Spain on Calar Alto, a 2,168 meter high mountain. [1] The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, IAA-CSIC) is an astrophysics-related research institute funded by the High Council of Scientific Research of the Spanish government Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and is located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. IAA activities... More »