Open Days 2019 at the Teide Observatory

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Teide Observatory.


On Friday and Saturday June 14 and 15th it will be possible to visit the telescopes which are used for astronomical observations of the Tenerife sky. The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is organizing these Open Days at the Teide Observatory, after a year without it, among its outreach activities. The objective is to bring knowledge of astronomy to the general public and anyone who may be visiting the island on those days.

From 10:00 to 15:00, there will be guided tours of the telescopes and also direct observations. There will be explanations about what is an astronomical observatory, how works the telescopes and why is so relevant the Astronomy for humanity. The visitors will be able to visit the THEMIS solar telescope, the IAC 80 telescope, the QUIJOTE Experiment, the Solar Laboratory and the Optical Ground Station (OGS).

In addition, a full-dome infographics will be projected on the outreach dome and solar telescopes will be installed for solar observations.

Logistic information

Tickets will be issued in a rigorous “first come, first served” order. Vehicles must be parked in the carpark within the Observatory precinct.

As it is a mountain site, we recommend the use of comfortable shoes, solar protection, and a hat, as well as wearing a coat or jacket. Anyone suffering from heart or circulatory disease should be aware that the height (2,300 m above sea level) could cause health problems so we urge you, in that case, to consult a doctor prior to going up to the observatory.