The IRAM 30m telescope is one of today's largest and most sensitive millimeter telescopes, equipped with a series of heterodyne receivers and continuum cameras operating at 3, 2, 1, and 0.9mm. High resolution spectroscopy allows to study the interplay of chemistry and the ongoing formation of stars within giant molecular clouds of the Milky Way and of nearby galaxies, out to the farthest known galaxies of the young universe. The telescope is located on Pico Veleta in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, at an altitude of 2850m.

The geographical coordinates of the 30m antenna, more precisely of the antenna azimuth axis, are:

Longitude: 3:23:55.51 West, Latitude: 37:04:06.29 North