La Palma, Canary Islands

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Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, Canary Islands/Spain.  Nik Szymanek (astrophotography site book ) saw this sharply triangular shadow from the 2,400m summit. The mountain profile (right) is irregular and very decidely non triangular. It neatly demonstrates that mountain shadows do not mimic the shape of their mountain. The peak houses the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (IAC). The large dome is that of the 4.2m William Herschel telescope. Large image ©Nik Szymanek - Mountain profile ©Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (IAC), both shown with permission.