Ministerio de Econom?a y Competitividad Gobierno de Canarias Universidad de La Laguna CSIC Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa
October 2, 2014
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Instituto de Astrof?sica de Canarias

Canarian Observatories

The excellent quality of the sky for astronomy  in the Canaries is determined and protected by Law. As a result, the observatories of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) are an "astronomy reserve" which has beenavailable to the international community since 1979.

The Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife) and Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (La Palma) are currently home to telescopes and other instruments belonging to 60 scientific institutions from 17 different countries. These observation facilities, together with the scientific and technological resources of the IAC's Instituto de Astrofísica at La Laguna (Tenerife) and Centro de Astrofísica en La Palma (CALP) at Breña Baja (La Palma), make up the "European Northern Observatory" (ENO).

To become a partner in the ENO, organisations must sign an international agreement which "confers on signatory organisations effective participation in the decision-making process" by means of an "International Scientific Committee" (CCI).

Under the terms of this agreement, Spain provides the site in return for a percentage of the available observing time at each of the telescopes or instruments housed at the ENO.

Over 200 astronomers visit the Canaries each year to use the ENO's facilities.