September 26th, 2018
The surface of La Palma is a hard competitor as far as natural beauty is concerned. In reference to the island's night sky, there are some places here that are perfect to enjoy the stars. In fact, different international organizations have highlighted La Palma as one of the best places in the world for the observation of stars, planets and all kinds of formations, a spectacle that should not be missed for its magic and mystery.
The best place to enjoy the experience is the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory (ORM). This scientific facility is located above the roof of the clouds that sometimes cover La Palma. So, you can enjoy the sky and its stars most days, with the city lights far enough away to not ruin the views.
The highest point, the best to see the sky, is about 2500 meters above sea level. If you want to live a magical moment alone, as a couple or with your children, going up here at night should be on your list of plans to do in the Canary Islands without the slightest doubt. Several companies offer guided tours, see here: starsislandlapalma.es/en/observatory/visit-the-observatory.
5 facts about the observatory:
1. It is situated on the edge of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, 2.396 m. above sea level.
2. It is home to one of the most extensive fleets of telescopes in the world.
3. The ORM Residence is a suite of facilities, which include day and night-time dormitories, a kitchen and dining room, reception, living and games rooms, available for use by scientific and technical staff linked to the Observatory.
4. According to studies, it is the second-best location for optical and infrared astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere, after Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii.
5. The observatory began operation around 1984 with the Isaac Newton Telescope, which was moved to La Palma from the Royal Greenwich Observatory in SE London, UK.
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