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La Palma is the fifth largest island of the Canary Islands. In the centre of the island is The National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente. This is the largest caldera in the world, and was formed by the collapse of a volcano about 400,000 years ago. La Palma is one of the best places on earth for observing the universe and is home to an International Astrophysical Observatory, which was opened in 1985. The observatory has six telescopes, including the famous "Herschel" telescope which is 420 centimetres in diameter and is used mainly for night observations.

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