The Kavalur Observatory, also known as Vainu Bappu Observatory, is home to the largest telescope in Asia. Located in Kavalur in the Javadu Hills in Alangayam, this observatory is situated at an altitude of 725 m above mean sea level.
The observatory has been set away from the city in order to be closer to the equator. This helps cover both the northern and the southern hemispheres.
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