Caldera de Taburiente National Park, Canary Islands, Spain
Some peaks of this isolated archipelago in the East Atlantic off of southern Morocco have the advantage, along with the Atacama and Mauna Kea, of being above a so-called temperature inversion layer. That means that a “sea of clouds” forms below the peaks, keeping moisture low and the atmosphere free of star-distorting turbulence. Perhaps the best island is La Palma, whose Caldera de Taburiente National Park hosts a 7,800-foot-high rocky mound called Roque de los Muchachos that’s home to numerous observatories.
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