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Mount Teide Observatory

Visit the largest solar observatory in the world, Mount Teide Observatory, and uncover the spectacular scientific side of Tenerife. Observe sunspots and solar flares through solar telescopes and get an inside look at how the observatory works.

Famous for science and its volcanoes, Tenerife is home to one of the three best spots in the world to observe the sky, hence the Teide Observatory.

Since it began to operate in 1964, the world's largest observatory has been focusing on solar observations and robotic astronomyand is home to many solar and nocturnal telescopes.

What you probably don’t know, yet, is that the researchers who work at the Tenerife Observatory make great contributions to the field of science, with an average of one publication per day.

And did you know that the discovery of the Sun having its own frequency and beating like a heart every five minutes was made at the Tenerife Observatory?

Your expert guide will tell you all the fascinating facts that have been discovered at the observatory and you even get the unique opportunity to explore the inside of a nocturnal telescope and discover its history and how it functions.

Highlights

  • Be introduced to the importance of the sky in the Canary Islands, the Teide Observatory telescopes and the different projects of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics
  • Participate in a workshop on astrophysics, learn what astrophysics is and how astrophysicists work
  • Observe sunspots and solar flares through two solar telescopes
  • Explore the inside of a nocturnal telescope, how it functions and learn about its exciting history

Experience Includes

  • Guided visit to Mount Teide Observatory, the largest observatory in the world
  • Participate in a workshop on astrophysics
  • Observe sunspots and solar flares
  • Explore the inside of a nocturnal telescope
  • Expert guide

Experience Excludes

  • Food and beverages
  • Optional gratuities
  • Transportation to the Observatory

Departure location

Teide Observatory, C/ Vía Láctea, s/n La Laguna, Izaña 38200.

Start times

12.00pm: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 3.00pm: Monday.

Duration

Around 1.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Not recommended for children under 8.
  • Transportation not included. You must arrive at the Izaña Observatory at least 20 minutes before the tour is scheduled to start.
  • If you arrive late, the visit of the Teide Observatory will be cut short (but it will never be extended) by the same amount of time, and can even be cancelled if the delay is considerable and it causes problems for later scheduled visits.
  • The Teide Observatory (TO) is located at an altitude of approximately 2,400 meters above sea level, an altitude at which oxygen diminishes. Groups will move about within the Tenerife Observatory on gravel paths. For this reason, the visit is not recommended for people with general health problems (anaemia, breathing or heart problems, etc.). If you are not sure if you should visit, consult your doctor first.
  • The Tenerife Observatory does not have medical assistance within its facilities.
  • When visiting Mount Teide it's recommended to wear appropriate clothing to protect you from changing temperatures and footwear suitable for rocky terrain. It is also advisable to take a bottle of water with you.
  • Please bring photo identification or passport.
  • Children aged up to 16 years old may participate in the Teide Observatory free of charge.