Why is stargazing in Tenerife so good?
Teide National Park in Tenerife has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has also been awarded the title of “Starlight” tourist destination, recognised as one of the best places on earth to see the stars.
At a height of over 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) above sea level stand the telescopes of the Teide Observatory, operated by the Institute of Astrophysics, which just goes to show the excellent quality of the Island’s skies.
Located near the Equator, Tenerife provides a perfect view of the skies over the entire Northern Hemisphere and part of the Southern Hemisphere. The clear atmosphere is made more stable by the ocean, with little or no turbulence, guaranteeing perfect visibility on 90% of summer nights. This is what led the Starlight Foundation to name the island the “Window onto the Universe,” because the quality of the night sky is truly extraordinary here.
Very clean air and an average of 295 days per year of perfectly clear skies are what makes Tenerife one of the world’s top destinations for stargazing.
When should I go stargazing in Tenerife?
If you visit Tenerife in summer, you will find that the starry summer sky has two main protagonists: the Milky Way and the Summer Triangle.
Throughout the year, however, the sky offers us various celestial shows that you cannot miss when visiting Tenerife. Teide becomes the world’s best amphitheatre to sit back and enjoy stargazing. Very clean air and an average of 295 days per year of perfectly clear skies are what makes Tenerife one of the world’s top destinations for stargazing all year round.
What should I look for on my stargazing excursion?
From Tenerife, 83 of the 88 officially recognised constellations can be seen. You can see all of the constellations of the northern hemisphere and most constellations of the southern hemisphere.
Some of the most spectacular stellar phenomena take the form of meteor showers. Perhaps the best known is the Geminid meteor shower, though the sky treats us to meteor showers almost every month: the Quadrantids in January and the Perseids in August are some of the many meteor showers that occur throughout the year.
Why choose havefuntenerife.com for my stargazing Tenerife excursion?
Our stargazing excursions have won multiple luxury travel guide awards. The excursions are provided by a British company who have been operating for over ten years. The friendly guides have years of experience and use a 16 inch telescope which is the same kind used in the observation centre. At havefuntenerife we only work with the best companies on the island.
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