The ‘Aristarchos’ Telescope is situated on ‘Neraidorachi’, a peak of Mount Helmos (alt: 2,340 m).

Its observation range covers approximately half the distance of the known Universe.  Neraidorachi is considered the darkest location in Europe: at that altitude, the telescope remains free of light pollution emanating from the lowlands.

The telescope has been named after Aristarchus of Samos, a pioneering astronomer of antiquity. The telescope’s cutting-edge technology includes cameras and spectrometers of high definition as well as enormously specialized scientific equipment.

It has an observation reach of 7 billion light years away from earth. The telescope belongs to the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and is considered the largest one in the Balkans and the second largest in Europe.