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 Canary Islands are located off the west coast of Africa. Although most of the islands are holiday destinations, the island of La Palma is special. A huge extinct volcano rises 2,400 metres (nearly 8,000 feet) above the Atlantic ocean, providing one of the finest sites in the world to look up at the heavens with powerful modern telescopes.
An astronomical observatory is a location used for observing events that happen in space. Whilst an observatory can consist of just one telescope, some of the better locations in the world can have more than twenty telescopes.