Within the framework of its outreach activities, following the practice of previous years, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) organizes these Open Days at the Teide Observatory (Izaña, Tenerife), to bring astronomy closer to those living in the Islands and also to those who are visiting on these specific days.
From 10.00 a.m. to 15.00 P.M. we offer guided visits to the telescopes and workshops, as well as direct observations. The visits serve to explain what an astronomical observatory is like, how the telescopes work, and why astronomy is so important for humanity. The visitors will be able to see the Solar Telescope THEMIS, the IAC80 optical telescope, the Carlos Sanchez infrared telescope, the Bradford robotic telescope, the Solar Laboratory, the Optical Ground Station (OGS) and the Solar Vacuum Tower telescope (VTT).
Titsa has joined us in this initiative, facilitating access on Saturday June 21st via a special service, which will leave the "Intercambiador" (main bus and tram station) in Santa Cruz, and will pass through La Laguna, before driving on the the Teide Observatory.
Free entries will be offered, in strict order of arrival. Private cars must be parked in the appropriate car parks within the observatory grounds.
As the observatory in in the mountains, we recommend comfortable shoes, the use of solar protection cream, and a hat, but also some form of jacket or coat. Those with heart complaints or breathing problems should note that the altitude (2,300m above sea level) may cause health problems, for which we strongly adivse previous consultation with a doctor.
Price: €10 return fare
Timetable and stops (saturday 21st june 2014)
- Outbound: 10.00 a.m. at the Intercambiado in Santa Cruz (opposite the law courts)
- Outbound: 10.30 a.m. at the Intercambiador in La Laguna (stop number 18)
- Return: 14.00 at the Teide Observatory
Free parking at the Intercambiador in Santa Cruz and also in La Laguna
Contact address: teide [at] iac.es