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Roque de los Muchachos translates into English as The Rock Of The Boys, and is the name given to the rocky mound at the highest point on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands of Spain. The rocks are found at an elevation of 2,426m above sea level, not far from the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, where some of the world's largest telescopes are situated; the altitude and the dryness of the climate here give rise to excellent observing conditions.
The seeing statistics make it the second best location for optical and infrared astronomy after Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii. The site has some of the premier astronomical facilities in the Northern Hemisphere, including the adaptive optics corrected Swedish Solar Telescope which provides the highest resolution solar imaging of any telescope, and the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias.

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