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Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife, Canary Islands)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Q10
N 28° 17.875 W 016° 30.536
28R E 352038 N 3131128
Quick Description: The excellent quality of the sky for astronomy in the Canaries is the reason that the observatories of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) are an "astronomy reserve" which has been available to the international community since 1979.
Location: Spain
Date Posted: 1/12/2008 11:26:19 AM
Waymark Code: WM2YR5
Views: 118

Long Description:

Astrophysics studies in the Canaries began in 1960 in the Teide Observatory. Only the skies above Hawaii and Southern Chile are similar to those found here, with no pullution and very little light. In 1988 the observatories at Izaña and in the Caldera de Taburiente on the island of La Palma were designated a World Reserve for Astronomy.

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias organises visits to the Observatory for colleges and groups as part of a public education campaign designed to make knowledge about astronomy accessible to everyone. The Observatorio del Teide has a Visitor Centre housed in an empty dome, which has been equipped to teach visitors about science. The centre has a capacity of around forty people and is used to explain what an observatory is, how telescopes work and the importance of Astronomy for the human race.

Read more: Teide Observatory (Wikipedia)

Observatory Purpose: Research

Optical / Infrared Telescopes?: Yes

Radio Telescopes?: Yes

Solar Telescopes?: Yes

Open to the Public?: Yes

Is this a Club Observatory?: No

Public Viewing Allowed?: Yes

Active Observatory?: Active

Number of Telescopes or Antennas: 10 to 15

Site URL: [Web Link]

Year Dedicated or Opened: 1964

Altitude (meters): 2400

Visit Instructions:
Note the time of day of your visit, and your own photo of your favorite part of the observatory. This might be the view from the observatory, picture of your favorite building or favorite exhibit. (Be mindful of flash photography rules!)

If you participated in an observing session, let everyone know what you saw!

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