Anybody who wants to get to know this observatory can go in a group to visit the telescopes, make their own observations and learn basic astronomical concepts.
Within its programme of outreach activities, as in previous years, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is organizing, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of July its annual Open Days at the Teide Observatroy (Izaña, Tenerife) to bring astronomy to those living in the islands and also to those who may be visiting them on those dates.
From 10.00 to 15.00, guided visits to the telescopes will be arranged, and workshops and direct observations will be carried out with the aim of explaining what an astronomical observatory does, how telescopes work and why astronomy is so relevant for humankind. The visitors will be able to enter the IAC-80 telescope and the Carlos Sanchez Telescope (TCS), also the Solar Laboratory, the Optical Ground Statoin (OGS) and the Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT).
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 (2,300m 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.
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