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Tenerife: Mount Teide Observatory Guided Tour

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Discover the largest solar observatory in the world on a 1.5-hour tour of Mount Teide Observatory. See the sunspots and solar flares through a professional scope, and get access to a professional night scope to know its history and learn how it works.
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Duration 90 minutes
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Experience

Highlights
  • Look at the sun safely through professional scopes at Mount Teide Observatory
  • Learn how an observatory and astrophysicists work
  • Visit one of the night scopes
  • Watch a short video about the sky above the Canary Islands
Full description
Learn how an observatory works on a 1.5-hour tour of Mount Teide Observatory on Spain’s tallest mountain and discover one of the highest volcanoes in the world.

The Canary Islands has been named one of the 3 best spots in the world to observe the sky (along with Chile and Hawaii) and the Teide Observatory is currently the largest solar observatory in the world. It contains many solar and nocturnal telescopes, owned by various European countries.

After an introduction about the different areas of the observatory, watch a short video about the Canary Islands' sky and learn how the scopes work at night. Then, an astronomy expert will explain what astrophysics is and how astrophysics work. Observe the sun through 2 different scopes; one to see the sunspots and the other for solar flares. Get into a professional scope to explore its history and understand how it works.
Includes
  • Entrance to Mount Teide Observatory
  • Fully guided tour
  • Use of 2 solar scopes
  • Access to a professional night scope
What’s Not Included
  • Tips
  • Food and drink

When you get there

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Know before you go
• Please wear warm clothes and proper footwear. Please bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when necessary
• Teide's Observatory 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 Observatory on gravel paths. For this reason it is not recommended for people with general physical problems (anaemia, cardio-pathologies, respiratory problems, etc.). If you are not sure if you should visit, consult your doctor
• Teide Observatory is in the area of Izaña. The entrance is located at "Km. 37" on the TF-24 highway
• The visit of the Teide Observatory is not allowed for children under 8.