July 7, 2015. New record of visitors during the Open Doors Days of the Teide Observatory.

3.475 people visited the Teide Observatory during the Open Doors Days which took place on the 3rd and the 4th of July 2015. This number of visitors represents an increase of 35% with respect to 2014.

Several facilities were visited by the public, the solar telescopes THEMIS and VTT included, as well as the Solar Laboratory.

Teide Observatory Open Doors 2015 (image by Daniel López - IAC)

More details at OT Open Doors Days 2015 (in Spanish).

July 2, 2015. Teide Observatory Open Doors Days: 3rd and 4th July, 2015.

Teide Observatory Open Doors Days 2015

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) organises, as part of its outreach activities, two days visits to the Teide Observatory. The main goal of this activity is to bring astronomy closer to the general public.

From 10.00 to 15.00 will be offered guided visits to the telescopes and workshops, as well as direct solar 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 Solar Laboratory, the Optical Ground Station (OGS), the Solar Vacuum Tower telescope (VTT) and the new robotic telescopes.

Planning information

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 is in the mountains, we recommend comfortable shoes, the use of solar protection cream, and a hat, also some form of jacket or coat. Those with heart complaints or breathing problems should note that the altitude (2300 m above sea level) may cause health problems, for which we strongly adivsed previous consultation with a doctor.

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More info at Teide Observatory Open Doors Days 2015.

June 19, 2015. SolarLab: more than 80 000 Canary students have had the opportunity of observing the Sun…

SolarLab –a public outreach initiative which aim is to bring the mysteries of the Sun to the secondary and high schools students in the Canary Islands– is closing with a high public impact.

During two years, and for about a week, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has moved a solar telescope to each of the 141 participating centers to give the students over 12 years old the opportunity to study and appreciate the star that ensures survival on the Earth.

The collaboration of more than 300 schoolteachers has been very important in achieving the project objectives.

Several Solar physicists from IAC as well as astronomers, and an astrophotographer have participated in Solarlab in forming the schoolteachers.

SOLARNET has collaborated in SolarLab and shares the goal of making solar physics research more attractive and more comprehensible for young students and for the public in general.

More details at SolarLab (in Spanish).

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June 15, 2015. GREST Project kick-off meeting (Madrid, Spain).

The kick-off meeting of GREST (Getting Ready for the European Solar Telescope) -a H2020 funded project- is being held today in Madrid.

GREST is intended to take the European Solar Telescope (EST) to the next level of development by undertaking crucial activities to improve the performance of current state-of-the-art instrumentation. Legal, industrial and socio-economic issues will also be addressed, as key questions for the attainment of EST. 

GREST is coordinated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and involves other 12 European institutions. The total cost of the project is EUR 3.956.730, and the EU contribution is EUR 2.977.273.

More details on GREST can be found at http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/194915_en.html

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